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Everything posted by jaragon

  1. Part I also deals with a primal concept - the love/hate brother relationship - and it also had Nolte as sex symbol
  2. Part II is not as good because let's face it you can't replace Nick Nolte.
  3. Nolte and Strauss were very convincing as very different brothers. Aren't they arguing because Tom took Rudy's polo shirt? I also have a vivid memory of a scene in which an older woman tells Tom to strip and get in bed with her.
  4. Shirtless Steve Cochran makes this one an obvious choice...
  5. Ken Russell's "Crime of Passion" might not be considered a gay movie- but it has plenty of gay elements specially behind the scenes. Kathleen Kennedy leads a double life uptight lady by day outrageous hooker by night. She is China Blue who makes her clients fantasies come to life. Anthony Perkins who is way over the top plays a preacher obsessed with saving her even if it means murder. John Laughlin escapes his sexless marriage to Annie Potts by starting a relationship with China Blue- but he wants love and she has other ideas. Written by Barry Sandler the gay scriptwriter of "Making Love
  6. Strauss was a good actor but Nick Nolte was smoking hot in "Rich Man Poor Man"
  7. Interesting point- yes to the straight world Jim would be considered the pillar of the community who lives in a small town so the city would represent his inner gay live? Vidal had literary aspirations so he probably wanted a serious lit title .
  8. It's a Biblical reference...."Two additional themes identified by Dennis Bolin are the foolishness and destructiveness of wishing for something that can never be and to waste one's life dwelling on the past, the second of which is reinforced by the novel's epigraph from the Book of Genesis 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt."
  9. Maria is suppose to be forty so 1950's Taylor might be too young. Peter is closer to Jim's age so he would be late twenties. Robert Shaw could be fifty.
  10. Good question- the roles are Robert Shaw a closeted Hollywood star who keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.... Maria a glamorous straight lady who keeps falling for gay men and Peter a neurotic gay intellectual who drinks to much and sabotages his love life. If I was doing in classic Hollywood I see Elizabeth Taylor as Maria. Anthony Perkins would be Peter.
  11. We really need someone like Vidal now...
  12. "City of Night" by John Rechy is a very good hot book you would really have to tone down the sex to get an R rating. I love "The Best Little Boy in the World" which is very funny. I never could get into "Dancer from the Dance" maybe there was too much disco dancing. There is a memorable chapter in Rechy's book about a marine's experience in Hollywood- now that's a book that could make a good Netflix series. You are right about Vidal's acting.
  13. Yes "The Lost Language of Cranes" was a dull made for tv production (I loved the book so was very disappointed it was not set in New York). Todd Haynes has done similar material with "Far From Heaven" and the cold as ice "Carol".
  14. James Ivory is an excellent choice for screenplay. I would make a feature, get an unknown for the lead and cast some name actors in the supporting roles- there are at least three juicy Oscar bait roles.
  15. They made "Maurice" which was more their style . I was thinking these new producers and directors don't read the classics anymore. They would rather adapt something new or remake something - like the new production of " Boys in the Band" we really don't need another movie version of that play- but now it's a marketable property. You would have to find a producer or a director with the clout to make "The City and the Pillar" . It's a period piece so it's not going to be cheap. These projects usually get made in England- like "The Lost Language of Cranes" which is very American New York
  16. I had read "The City and the Pillar" before it affected me more this time. The book is very daring specially on how it deal with Jim's sexuality. I'm sure for readers in 1948 they expected gays in Hollywood but not in the Army and the Navy. Vidal who was in the service makes this explicit. The young Tab Hunter would have been perfect for the lead but of course that film was no going to be made in the 1950's but I am surprised that nobody has made a movie out it by now. But this is true of many gay lit classic like James Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room"(1956) . These are works that deal wit
  17. Gore Vidal's novel "The City and the Pillar" would make an interesting movie. I just re-read it and realized how shocking this book must have been in 1948. Jim, the protagonist is not just the All American boy next door who happens to be gay but he also does not seem to have any shame about his homosexual desire. The novel traces Jim's quest to reconnect with his teenage crush which leads him on a tour of gay American culture of the period. from Hollywood, to the army to New York high society. The book has not dated at all and Jim's romantic obsession is timeless. Vidal revised the nove
  18. Victor Erice's "The Spirit of the Beehive" (1973) is a haunting poetic film about Ana (Ana Torrent) a little girl who lives in a Spanish village in 1940. This is a slow moving poetic film nothing much happens/ Fenrnado ( Fernado Fernan Gomez) is a bee keeper. Ana her sister Isabel attend school and play games. A traveling movie projectionist screens James Whale Frankenstein and the monster haunts Ana's imagination. Beautifully crafted the movie captures the arid Castillian landscape and the slow pace of another time. We see the action through the child's big brown eyes. The film is avai
  19. I recently saw a clip of the awful movie version of "A Chorus Line" some of the dancing is not bad but the music should be replaced
  20. The movie is truly inept- in almost every way acting, directing, writing. but once in a while you get a moment that works- or a stunning shot of the Utah scenery. You can watch it for free on You Tube.
  21. "Don't Go In the Woods...Alone!" (1981) may be the most inept slasher ever made. One is never sure if this is suppose to be a comedy or just bad film making. A group of obnoxious hikers wonder around a forest getting slaughtered by some deranged mountain man. There is no story so we never know why the killings are taking place. The movies has plenty of bloody death scenes but they are thrown in with out reason. There are a lot of intentional funny scenes- a woman walking around a house coat in the forest but others are of questionable taste like a poor guy hiking in his wheelchair . The
  22. I only knew him from "Mysterious Island" and did not realized he had such an extensive career. He must have started out as a dancer because he moves very well
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