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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The most entertaining gay history lesson you've ever had. Picks up where The Celluloid Closet left off! The superstars of gay and lesbian cinema shine in this amazing overview of LGBT film history. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema is packed with smart interviews and a tremendous array of film clips from the greatest movies of the genre celebrating more than half a century of queer independent filmmaking from Kenneth Anger's pioneering, Fireworks (1947) to the smash hit blockbuster Brokeback Mountain. Starring John Waters, Wilson Cruz, Guinevere Turner, Peter Paige, B. Ruby Rich, Gus Van Sant, Alan Cumming, the list goes on.

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema is constructed with interview snippets featuring a wide array of actors, directors, and festival organizers, to portray our last century's history of same-sex films. Dealing mostly with American film, minus acknowledgment of a couple European directors such as Chantal Ackerman, Fabulous! tells the story, by citing filmic examples from each decade, of post-war repression in the '40s and '50s, the gay civil rights struggle of the '60s and '70s, AIDS in the '80s and '90s, and the blossoming of new gender genres in a contemporary setting. With timelines to contextualize conversation, Fabulous! leads the viewer through discussions of Kenneth Anger's seminal 1947 work, Fireworks, to Warhol, through Derek Jarman, John Waters, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, all the way into Brokeback Mountain's current success. Interviews with independent film icons such as Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, critic B. Ruby Rich, and Outfest's Stephen Gutwillig, make this an enjoyable journey through the minds of Hollywood's auteurs. More actual film footage of some difficult-to-see underground pieces would be nice, but clearly this documentary is an introduction to the history of transgressive cinema, meant to urge people to investigate further. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Bonus interviews including: Coming Out Stories, First Gay Movie Memories, Favorite Movie Love Scenes, and more

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Arnold, Randy Barbato, Dan Bucatinsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Caouette
  • Directors: Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades
  • Producers: Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades, Alison Palmer Bourke, Evan Shapiro, Jessica Wolfson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TUWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Weller on September 18, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This doc from the Independent Film Channel is a surprisingly comprehensive look at the history of gay, lesbian, and transgendered cinema (mostly in America) over the course of, well, the last century. The infamous Hayes Code prohibited the representation of gay characters starting in the 1930s, so there's a fairly large blank spot in that history, but this program recognizes the contributions of non-commercial indies like Kenneth Anger, and the whole thing picks up speed in the 1970s with some of the very first truely 'indie' productions. Entertainingly presented, with talking head input from a wealth of GLBT film makers and a lot of clips, this is at least a good solid beginning to understanding where "queer cinema" has come from and where it's headed. Very worthwhile!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 14, 2012
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I had wanted to purchase this for some time. It is well produced and interesting. From my point of view it seems to focus more on the lesbian angle regarding queer cinema than other documentaries that I own. It was well worth buying and was a welcome addition to my queer cinema documentary library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Pouliot on September 16, 2009
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This documentary was good. It was a little long in some places, but was still entertaining. The special features were fun; it featureas some coming out stories of some of my favourite queer actors (Jane Lynch, this means you!). A good purchase for those interested in queer cinema.
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