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Pride documentaries on June 28, 2021


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TCM will be airing:

COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989)
PARAGRAPH 175 (2000)
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984)
WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES (1977)
BEFORE STONEWALL (1985)
THE QUEEN (1968)

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

TCM will be airing:

COMMON THREAD: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989)
PARAGRAPH 175 (2000)
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984)
WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES (1977)
BEFORE STONEWALL (1985)
THE QUEEN (1968)

I think I've seen a couple of these before, and I THINK (not sure), The Queen was shown on TCM Underground (which I consider treated it for laughs - I don't know how else to credit that timeslot, since most of its offerings are ridiculous or overrated films) not too long ago. It might have been a film in a similar vein; I can be mistaken.

If I'm right though, for me, it twists the nature of the lineup announced, if TCM is trying to make a statement at all.

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25 minutes ago, wbogacz said:

I think I've seen a couple of these before, and I THINK (not sure), The Queen was shown on TCM Underground (which I consider treated it for laughs - I don't know how else to credit that timeslot, since most of its offerings are ridiculous or overrated films) not too long ago. It might have been a film in a similar vein; I can be mistaken.

If I'm right though, for me, it twists the nature of the lineup announced, if TCM is trying to make a statement at all.

Yes, some of these titles were broadcast previously on TCM.

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK aired in February 2018.

BEFORE STONEWELL aired in March 2020.

WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES aired in June 2020.

THE QUEEN aired in October 2020.

PARAGRAPH 175 and COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT will be TCM premieres. They've never aired before on the channel.

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On 4/26/2021 at 11:48 AM, wbogacz said:

I think I've seen a couple of these before, and I THINK (not sure), The Queen was shown on TCM Underground (which I consider treated it for laughs - I don't know how else to credit that timeslot, since most of its offerings are ridiculous or overrated films) not too long ago. It might have been a film in a similar vein; I can be mistaken.

If I'm right though, for me, it twists the nature of the lineup announced, if TCM is trying to make a statement at all.

The Queen was an underground film from the beginning, so I don't have a problem with TCM having shown it in that slot. It was a good chance to see it and of course TCM could be relied upon to show the recent restoration. It originally played in "grind houses" and smaller venues ( and probably some "adult" theaters) and couldn't be considered a major release by any standard. In the age of RuPaul's Drag Race it must seem pretty tame, but at the time it was a huge deal for the pageant contestants to put themselves out there in that way. People lost jobs and places to live for less than that. 

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I watched " The Celluloid Closet" which is such  great documentary. I  had forgotten how much it covers but the directors are right about the current state of gays in films things really have not changed that much- on television yes but in theaters we barely get a gay theme film from a major studio

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What TCM aired:

COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989)
THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995)

PARAGRAPH 175 (2000)
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984)
WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES (1977)
BEFORE STONEWALL (1985)

They did not air THE QUEEN (1968).

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17 hours ago, TopBilled said:

What TCM aired:

COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989)
THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995)

PARAGRAPH 175 (2000)
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984)
WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES (1977)
BEFORE STONEWALL (1985)

They did not air THE QUEEN (1968).

I saw "The Queen"  when it was re-released on 2019.   I think you can watch it on Amazon.

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7 hours ago, jaragon said:

I saw "The Queen"  when it was re-released on 2019.   I think you can watch it on Amazon.

Since they added THE CELLULOID CLOSET, I am sure most people are not complaining about the slight schedule change.

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But, please, if anyone who hasn't seen it gets the opportunity to watch The Queen, please do (and, if possible, the new restoration from 2019). FX's recent 5-part PRIDE docuseries dealt at length in one episode with Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow), who was an early activist and drag artist at a time when crossdressing was still a felony. Sabrina specialized in producing drag pageants and was arrested countless times for doing so. The Queen documents a pageant Sabrina produced in NYC in 1967, both the preparations and the event itself. Up until her death in 2017 Sabrina was regarded by many, old and young, as an iconic queer elder. 

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7 hours ago, DougieB said:

But, please, if anyone who hasn't seen it gets the opportunity to watch The Queen, please do (and, if possible, the new restoration from 2019). FX's recent 5-part PRIDE docuseries dealt at length in one episode with Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow), who was an early activist and drag artist at a time when crossdressing was still a felony. Sabrina specialized in producing drag pageants and was arrested countless times fordoing so. The Queen documents a pageant Sabrina produced in NYC in 1967, both the preparations and the event itself. Up until her death in 2017 Sabrina was regarded by many, old and young, as an iconic queer elder. 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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On 7/1/2021 at 11:03 AM, DougieB said:

But, please, if anyone who hasn't seen it gets the opportunity to watch The Queen, please do (and, if possible, the new restoration from 2019). FX's recent 5-part PRIDE docuseries dealt at length in one episode with Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow), who was an early activist and drag artist at a time when crossdressing was still a felony. Sabrina specialized in producing drag pageants and was arrested countless times for doing so. The Queen documents a pageant Sabrina produced in NYC in 1967, both the preparations and the event itself. Up until her death in 2017 Sabrina was regarded by many, old and young, as an iconic queer elder. 

It's a fascinating movies for many reasons and yes it must watch in you have any interest in pre-Stonewall gay history

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