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Paris is burning : a queer film classic
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To see Carol enshrined in this way so soon after release is a testament to how beloved it is and how esteemed Todd Haynes is as a filmmaker. Literally the lesbian film everyone has been waiting for.
A Queer Film Classic
Translated to the screen, Carol is everything I loved about the book and then a million times more. It is spectacular, breathtaking cinema. I fell in love with it at first sight. Beautiful, moving, with fine performances from Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. How audacious. How challenging. We are left to our own voyeurism, the seduction of the image. Real people. Real situations. This is the very best kind of relationship drama — gay or otherwise.
Something miraculous: a touching brief encounter between men which manages to avoid imposing straight models and respects the specificity of gay ordinariness. The last shot, set to a deliriously happy cover version of the title song, is unforgettable.
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This film is not simply a crystallisation of excellent directing, cinematography, and acting, but also a testimony of the political effect of Hong Kong during the time of its handover from Great Britain to China, mapped onto the painful codependent relationship between the two characters. Simple thoughts about it would bring me to tears. Profoundly sad, with beautiful, complex, sympathetic performances across the board.
It was groundbreaking to see a mainstream film with big name stars approach a gay romance in such an authentic, sensitive manner, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are both exceptional. If the number of tears that I shed while watching this are any measure of its greatness, well, this is a bona fide masterpiece.
Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic
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USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. This book contextualizes the film within the longer history of drag balls, the practices of documentary, the fervor of the culture wars, and the development of queer theory and critical race studies. About the Author Lucas Hilderbrand: Lucas Hilderbrand is associate professor of film and media studies and queer studies at the University of California, Irvine.
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He is the author of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright and numerous essays on queer media histories. He is currently researching a book on the history of gay bars in the U. Average Review. Write a Review.