In 1919, the First Pro-Gay Movie Was Made. A Year Later, It Was Banned.

“Different from the Others” was a haunting film made 50 years before Stonewall.

In 1919 – half a century before Stonewall – the first known film that was sympathetic to gay people was produced.  Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern) is a German movie about a relationship between a master violinist and his student.

lgbtqnation.com: In 1919, the first pro-gay movie was made. A year later, it was banned. / LGBTQ Nation

Stephen King’s It: Sequel Details Revealed

The new adaptation of Stephen King’s It earned a staggering $123 million in its opening weekend, nearly doubling predictions of $65 million.

There will be a new, darker introduction for one of the Losers we love

ew.com: Stephen King’s It: Sequel details revealed

Photos:  Warner Bros.

Revolving Classic Sculpture

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I think this is from the movie Russian Ark – it was filmed in one single continuous take at The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

 

Russian Ark

2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE See more »

World of Leather: How Tom of Finland Created a Legendary Gay Aesthetic | Art and Design | The Guardian

His subversive drawings ridiculed authority figures and inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People. A new film tells the story of Touko Laaksonen’s rise to become Europe’s kinkiest art export

Initially drawing men in riding breeches and army officers in brown leather bomber jackets, he got into the biker look after seeing Marlon Brando in The Wild One. Thereafter, says Durk Dehner, a Canadian friend of Laaksonen’s and now the custodian of his work, Laaksonen and the nascent gay leather scene would inspire one another. Laaksonen would draw his fantasies and send them to friends.

theguardian.com: World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic | Art and design | The Guardian

“Dead Boys Club,” and 9 Classic, Long Lost Queer Films That Can Now Finally be Seen

Leave it to the Germans to make an atmospheric lesbian noir. Beloved Murderer tells the story of two lesbian hit men (or is that hit women?) hired to kill one another.

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Dead Boys Club

gaycities.com: “Dead Boys Club,” and 9 classic, long lost queer films that can now finally be seen

Valerian Official Movie Site | Now Playing

Spectacular visuals – check out the website.  I wanna go see the movie now.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.

VALERIANMOVIE.COM: Valerian Official Movie Site | Now Playing

Valerian Movie - July 2017

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David Bowie

So many years pass yet similarities are obvious.   Was David Bowie being clever, leaving behind a message for us?    Or was it his goodbye to Thomas Jerome Newton?

1976 and 2016

Some who’ve followed Bowie over the course of his career deliberate about what meaning or message he was sending.   Such mystery sparks imaginative conversations and thought provoking speculation as to the message he was sending, if any.

In its retrospective assessment, history may explain the what’s and why’s and analyze why we’ve been drawn to his music and creativity.    In the meantime, myself and countless others continue to enjoy his music and other creative accomplishments.

😉The Breakfast Club – 1985😆

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I liked the movie, it was funny and entertaining. I had already graduated High School years before the release. The characters – Princess, Jock, Geek, et. al. – were common to the High School experience no matter what year you graduated. The message of the film said something to all of us who went through peer pressure, labeled with negative stereotypes, the social cliques, and the proverbial “teenage angst”.

Roger Ebert’s Review of The Breakfast Club in 1985

Marilyn Monroe: Through the Ages – Vanity Fair Videos

– The Scene

A look back at the starlet’s rise and tragic death.

TheScene.com: Marilyn Monroe: Through the Ages – Vanity Fair Videos – The Scene

Only When I Laugh

A classic from 1981 with Marsha Mason in the role of Broadway actress Georgia Hines and Kristy McNichol as her estranged daughter Polly.  Neal Simon wrote the screenplay based on his play “The Gingerbread Lady”.

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James Coco as Jimmy Perrino, Joan Hackett as Toby Landau and Marsha Mason as Georgia Hines

James Coco as her “gay” friend Jimmy Perrino and Joan Hackett as youth-obsessed Toby Landau are great in their supporting roles.  It’s funny, it’s manic, it’s sad and it’s one of those movies I’ve come back to over and over again.

Trailer from dailymotion.com

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From Wikipedia.org

Only When I Laugh is a 1981 American comedy-drama film based on Neil Simon’s play The Gingerbread Lady.  The story is about an alcoholic Broadway actress who tries to stay sober while dealing with the problems of her teenage daughter and her friends: an overly vain woman who fears the loss of her looks and a gay actor relegated to small roles in third-rate shows.

Simon changed the main character’s name to Georgia Hines for the film adaptation; the character was named Evy Meara in the stage version. The main character went from being a cabaret singer to a Broadway stage actress.  The film, written by Simon and directed by Glenn Jordan, stars Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, James Coco and Kristy McNichol. 

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marsha Mason), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Coco), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Hackett).