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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Cast: Todd Haynes, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, more...
Director: Lesli Klainberg, Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades, more...
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Studio: Wolfe Video
Genre: Documentary, Gay & Lesbian, Film, Documentary
Running Time: 82 min.
Languages: English
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Gay, lesbian, and transgender filmmakers, actors, and critics explore the history of queer cinema in this made-for-cable documentary. Eschewing any overarching narration, co-directors Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades illustrate archival footage and film clips with dozens of interviews. They also provide timelines and factoids to punctuate the discussion of specific eras. Although the background material and the interviewees allude to the subtext of Hollywood classics, the bounty of world cinema, and the history of experimental film, the focus remains squarely on the American independent movement, from the 1960s underground through the New Queer Cinema of the early '90s to the post-Brokeback Mountain landscape of 2006. Interview subjects range from cultural commentator Michael Musto and actors Alan Cumming and Jane Lynch to directors John Cameron Mitchell, Jennie Livingston, and Randy Barbato. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema made its bow July 16, 2006, on the Independent Film Channel. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Goodulous! by talltale September 18, 2006 - 3:55 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
FABULOUS: THE STORY OF QUEER CINEMA is perhaps not quite up to the level of that first word in its title, but it's an enjoyable romp through gay movie history--little of which will surprise most of the seniors among us who've been paying attention to movies throughout our probably circumspect lives. But it's fun to see snippets of all this once again, and to see and hear modern moviemakers like John Cameron Mitchell and Gus van Sant talk about "then and now." Less indicting (and sorrowful) than the earlier "Celluloid Closet," "Fabulous" is informative, interesting and fun.

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