Want to see a movie about club life? This is it. The recently released (2015) director’s accomplished cut of 54 a film from 1998.
Mark Christopher, writer and director of 54 deserves credit for giving a marvelous erudition of disco club life, and life at a certain period, the real Saturday Night Fever. What a great film depiction. Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer pictured below. Mike Myers gives a wonderful nuanced performance, and is a revelation, as the maestro of Studio 54’s Steve Rubell.
Ryan Phillippe knocks it into the park as do all depicted and the director’s & writer’s one and the same eye that adroitly tells the story. At original time of release it was cut extensively by the Weinstein brothers’ Miramax. Made around the same time as Boogie Nights though didn’t survive its post re-editing release. Thankfully I never saw the original. So I am reviewing the director’s cut which finally made light of day post Disney acquiring it! Order it now from your DVD supplier or catch it in a few of the festivals showing it.
Disco-Disco has a great write up of Studio 54: disco-disco.com/clubs/studio54.shtml “Beside all the famous guests of the Studio 54, the club also managed to get all the best DJ’s to play there as well. All of the famous DJ’s like; John “Jellybean” Benitez, John Ceglia, Tony Humphries, Sharon White, Kenny Carpenter, Robbie Leslie, Tony Carrasco and many others, moved the crowd from the clubs legendary horseshoe shaped DJ-booth.”
Photos manipulated by me from MarkChristoph54 on twitter, coolpicturegallery.us, IMDB, disco-disco, & impawards.com/1998/fifty_four_ver2.html.
Studio 54 staff
Outside Studio 54
Bianca Jagger on a white horse in Studio 54 on her 30th birthday.
Salvation Army, L’Armée du salut, Abdellah Taia’s (abdellahtaia.free.fr) second directorial film from 2013 based on son troisième roman écrit, le Bildungsroman, L’Armée du salut. Il a pour thème la jeunesse de l’auteur et son éveil sexuel, à travers deux histoires en parallèle. L’une raconte les souvenirs d’enfance et d’adolescence de l’auteur au Maroc, construits autour de l’importance de son frère aîné. L’autre traite de sa liaison avec un universitaire suisse alors qu’il est étudiant et son arrivée à Genève.
I like how he tells it, it’s not a pretty story, and it’s based on his growing up on Morocco, mostly. His growing up is not for sissies kids. After watching the film, reading the book that term has a fuller meaning.
Abdellah Taia wrote the book after giving an interview to Tequel (Moroccan) magazine (telquel.ma), and the ensuing controversy of Morocco having an openly gay man of words.
Karim Ait M’Hand below immediate image in video, and Said Mrini play Abdellah.
Abdellah’s 2012 op-ed for the New York Times, entitled A Boy to Be Sacrificed, which the film reflects. In the Morocco of the 1980s, where homosexuality did not, of course, exist, I was an effeminate little boy, a boy to be sacrificed, a humiliated body who bore upon himself every hypocrisy, everything left unsaid. By the time I was 10, though no one spoke of it, I knew what happened to boys like me in our impoverished society; they were designated victims, to be used, with everyone’s blessing, as easy sexual objects by frustrated men. And I knew that no one would save me — not even my parents, who surely loved me. For them too, I was shame, filth. A ‘zamel’..
Read his 2012 NYT op-ed here: nytimes.com/2012/03/25/opinion/sunday/a-boy-to-be-sacrificed.html
Kennys.ie have the book [en] for @14 euro incl. delivery.
Featured manipulated images from Abdellah Taia’s website and keepbreathing25.deviantart.com.
Ah Verbotene Liebe, you haven’t seen it? It’s a German drama avail with english subtirles, aas well as subs in other languages. Two of it’s wonderful cast are Christian and Oliver, you have a long story line in it… Which has changed over the years…
I love Chrolli, as much for the actors (Thore Schölermann and Jo Weill) playing the characters as the plots in VL – Verbotene Liebe. VL led the field with soaps everywhere with its strong unfazed and naturally presented gay relationship. I haven’t watched it in awhile. Not since Nanna stopped. For various reasons, including doing a degree. The degree in law is in the bag so next..
Update: FINISHED my degree! Must get back to watching VL.. and this post is probably put of date ..it is but no spoilers here.
Update VL had been cancelled so the 2015 season will be the last.
Since Ichglotzutube stopped, the lads have been busy by the looks of it. Am free now to watch everything again. Where to start watching, at the beginning with Nanna’s videos, the last video playlist below. German with English subtitles. Jo Weill’s FB page above has video playlists details. Update: I’ve copied over the Jo Weill FB links, see under the videos. Note: on some videos the sub titles aren’t obvious. To view sub titles, go to full screen video and click on open captions button.
If you don’t speak German, as I don’t (yet) Deutsche-Welle (DW.de) have a superb interactive facility to start learning (English/Russian/German)…. You just join up here for free! Free learning am a sucker for.
“To view all the entire storyline of Verbotene Liebe’s “Christian and Oliver”, you can find the you tube uploads (Many thanks to Nanna and Mercury May) with English Subtitles at the following Links:
Leo’s Room ( El cuarto de Leo), a movie for your classic gay film library.
Leo runs into Caro, a childhood school friend. The casual re-encounter is observed as are other interludes in Leo’s life in the city, and I guess you could say he stands at a cross roads. Directed by Uruguayan, a fine debutant Enrique Buchichio, with this his first film impressed no less than Variety), he shows a thoughful calm observant eye for Martín Rodríguez as Leo.
Actors Martín Rodríguez, Cecilia Cóser & Director Enrique Buchichio won critical praise at the Ateneo de Montevideo 2010.
Am currently playing around with the site back-end. Hope you like progress on the newbie aindreas.com. As before I will write up on gay movies and film. Watch this space.
Here’s one I heard about recently. Gayby. A play on words, gay and baby..
Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfil a youthful promise.. Gaby, an alright holiday gay movie pick to assist over the holidays! Very dryly (drolly?) told story, I like. Jonathan Lisecki‘s written & directed movie stars Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas (who was in the excellent The New Twenty, currently in Spiderman Turn of the Dark on Broadway, ) and Mike Doyle. Available on Netflix. Great to watch a movie with actors not in puberty.
J’ai rêvé sous l’eau – I Dreamt Under Water
Pictured on the poster is the main protagonist Hubert Benhamdine (as Antone) and Franck Victor (Alex) his bud from a scene from the start of the movie.
The quality of photography by Hormoz stands out, His direction a match for the full bodied story co-written by Philippe Arrizabalaga. IMDB says “In this savagely engaging drama fill with heart, lust and emotion, a bisexual man’s personal journey through the dark Parisian night opens his mind to a myriad of sexual possibilities.” Hmm, sounds like a lovely shopping trip – it ain’t a shopping trip nor is it “lovely”! Hubert Benhamdine the main protagonist is on cam prob 98% of the film,[sure to shock some]..simple story well executed, get the dvd.
If you are familiar to the pre 2013 aindreas.com you know this is kinda a repost. I plan on doing more of same of my favourites.
Apartment Zero is one I only saw recently. Does Buenos Aires well, reminds me of Colm Tóibín‘s The Story of the Night: A Novel. A brilliantly atmospheric novel. Colm s book is also set in Argentina, though in a time a little earlier, in the time of the General, a time when the streets were empty at night, and people trained themselves not to see. It makes for a great companion piece to the movie and will stay longer after I reckon.
Alors que Buenos Aires sort de la dictature, Adrian Leduc, jeune dandy couvert de dettes, est contraint de partager son appartement avec un autre locataire. Il s’agit du charmant Jack Carney très vite apprécié des autres locataires, à la différence d’Adrian. Leur relation ambiguë va peu à peu se transformer en amitié,
Interesting movie that passed me by on it’s original release – I lived in Paris at the time which might explain it. Great story, Hart Bochner is stunning [exhibit one above]. In a previous post about this movie [which didn’t survive my blitzing of pre 2013 content,] a commenter* was equally praising of the writers behind the script. It deserves a stage production. Is made for theatre in my estimation, and would love to see other folks bring their interpretation to the characters. For me the story just shies away a bit on some of the [non-]relationship at the centre and the brutal crescendo between the two main characters played by Hart and Colin Firth. But maybe that’s just how a tale of psychopathic’ nature is? Directed and co written by Martin Donovan, and co-written by David Koepp. Mr. Donovan is a protege of the great Luchino Visconti *.