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Muriel Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?
Mamma Roma Jarman's Edward II
Nosferatu Strangers On a Train
Meet Me in St. Louis Dreyer's Michael
Phantom La Dolce Vita
 
   
 

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Citizen KaneThis site is dedicated to film, both classic and contemporary, often focusing on GLBT cinema.

As described below, you will find several original resources, including many 10-best lists, 50 landmark pictures, a film guide (covering dramatic structure, visual and sound aesthetics), over a hundred reviews, and linked sites for Fassbinder, Jarman, and Pasolini.

The site map outlines all film resource listed on this page, plus several additional ones, GLBT literature site, and more.

Film Resources

Ali Fear Eats the SoulJim's Reviews

Over a hundred reviews of selected classic and recent films, including Murnau's Nosferatu, Dreyer's Michael, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Resnais's Muriel, 11 films by Robert Wise, all of Fassbinder, Jarman, and Pasolini on DVD, and more. MOST RECENT Reviews: Derek Jarman's War Requiem — based on Benjamin Britten's choral masterpiece, Derek — the new documentary about Jarman by filmmaker Isaac Julien, James Whale's comedy thriller The Old Dark House, Pasolini's horrific masterpiece Salò (new 2-disc special edition from the Criterion Collection), Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug; Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Jutzi's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1931), The Films of Kenneth Anger, Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, author Jean Genet's only film as a director: Un Chant d'Amour, Fassbinder's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, Murnau's Phantom. New Film Book Review: Niall Richardson's The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman, a major new study of Jarman's films exploring connections to gender, history, and politics.

Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast10 Best Films Lists in 30+ Categories

Works in over 30 genres ranging from comedy to documentary, sci-fi to Westerns. Also includes guest best-films lists. New! Guest best-films lists: Shane Solow's 200 Best Films, covering a wide range of genres; and Gretchen Fowler's 100 Noteworthy Films by Women.

Persona50 Landmarks of Film History

Essential pictures, silent era to today, from all major genres and international cinemas, with brief critical remarks.

Strangers on a TrainAnalysis of a Scene from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

Shot-by-shot comparison of Hitchcock's film with Patricia Highsmith's novel and Raymond Chandler's screenplay.

Munsell Color SystemBasic Guide to Film

My original "user-friendly" introduction to the connections between dramatic structure, visual and sound design, and thematic expression.

FilmBest DVD of the Year

Chosen for extraordinary quality of both the film and DVD: 2008 — Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4; 2007 — Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz and The Films of Kenneth Anger Volume One and Volume Two; 2006 — Murnau's Phantom; 2005 — Val Lewton Horror Collection (Cat People, The Seventh Victim, 8 more); 2004 — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 2003 — Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast; 2002 — Singin' in the Rain; 2001 — Citizen Kane; 2000 — North by Northwest; 1999 — The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Clockwork OrangeBest English-Language Films, Year–by–Year List

From 1930 to today, with no fixed number of titles, including pictures from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

FassbinderFilms of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Introduction to Fassbinder's life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures on DVD, including The Merchant of Four Seasons, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, The Marriage of Maria Braun, 23 more.

JarmanFilms of Derek Jarman

An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films on DVD, including Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, The Last of England, and Edward II. New Reviews: Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of Jarman features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug.

PasoliniFilms of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Introduction to Pasolini's life and work as poet, novelist, theorist and director, with reviews of all of his films on DVD, including Accattone, Mamma Roma, The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Oedipus Rex, 6 more.

West Side StoryFilms of Robert Wise

Profiling one of Hollywood's greatest and most versatile filmmakers, with reviews of Born to Kill, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, 1963's The Haunting, The Sound of Music, 6 more.

EisensteinGLBT Cinema

Directors, great films, books, more — described below.

Recommended Books

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GLBT Cinema

Cocteau50 Great Films by GLBT Directors

Released between 1919 and today, these extraordinary works cover a wide range of genres, from comedy to drama, fantasy to documentary.

Film50 Outstanding GLBT-Themed Films

GLBT experience explored from diverse perspectives, in pictures made between 1924 and today.

FassbinderFilms of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Introduction to Fassbinder's life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures on DVD. Coming Soon! Reviews of Berlin Alexanderplatz — both Fassbinder's 15-hour magnum opus from 1980 and Phil Jutzi's 1931 film (included in the Criterion Collection box set with Fassbinder's version).

JarmanFilms of Derek Jarman

An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films on DVD. LATEST! Review of The Last of England.

PasoliniFilms of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Introduction to Pasolini's life and work as poet, novelist, theorist and director, with reviews of all of his films on DVD. LATEST! Review of Teorema.

BookGLBT Fiction & Film

Updated! Films based on a diverse range of GLBT literature, from ancient classics to contemporary fiction.

EisensteinGLBT Filmmakers

Updated! Over 100 exceptional GLBT filmmakers, from early masters (including Murnau, Cocteau, Eisenstein, and Cukor) to contemporary directors.

Recommended Books

LeonardoMore GLBT Arts Resources

GLBT Classical Music, GLBT Literature, GLBT Non-Fiction, GLBT Visual Arts. Essay "Why a GLBT Focus?"

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