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Tony’s a Winner  

Tony’s a Winner  

BY DAVID NOH | Broadway’s “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was largely a glitzy piece of utterly commercial jukebox fluff, but when Tony Sheldon appeared as Bernadette, the veteran drag queen on a very personal mission, the theater’s temperature changed. For here was the real thing, a brilliant actor, fully possessed of an innate gravitas […]

Out There, Again

Out There, Again

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The late, great gay filmmaker Derek Jarman made enduring contributions to cinema. His final theatrical release, “Blue” (Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.) in 1993, was an extraordinary experimental documentary about his life with HIV. Jarman shot a single composition of a blue screen while in voice-over he describes his thoughts about […]

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Just try to stop him! Most days this fall, that whirling dervish with the devilish twinkle in his eye, Alan Cumming, is filming new episodes of CBS’s popular drama “The Good Wife,” then scooting up to Broadway where he continues his naughty and nice Tony-winning star turn as the Emcee in […]

Claire De Couture

Claire De Couture

BY DAVID NOH | The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. A couple of summers ago, I […]

Talk War

Talk War

BY STEVE ERICKSON | In the ‘70s heyday of New German Cinema, it was easy to underrate Volker Schlöndorff. Compared to the genius of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or the radical cinema of Werner Schroeter and Harun Farocki, his films seemed middle-of-the-road and tepidly liberal. When the Oscars gave him their seal of approval for his 1979 […]

Boom and Fear on the Great Plains 

Boom and Fear on the Great Plains 

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The North Dakota oil fields have created a situation unique in post-recession America: a place where jobs are plentiful. As such, they’ve drawn men — and, to a lesser extent, women — from all over the country, resulting in rising rents and other disruptions in small towns with large influxes of […]

Marriage Futility 

Marriage Futility 

BY STEVE ERICKSON | America generally doesn’t reward female artists for misanthropy. That makes the success of Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl,” now adapted by the author into a script directed by David Fincher, all the more surprising. But as popular as the novel is, it’s also proven quite divisive. While Flynn describes herself as […]

Love and Death

Love and Death

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The title of director Mathieu Amalric’s compelling adaptation of the Georges Simenon novel “The Blue Room” refers to both the hotel where Julien (Amalric) and Esther (Stéphanie Cléau) engage in extramarital assignations and the courtroom where the pair are on trial for the murder of their spouses. Unfolding in a […]

A Conversation With Carp 

A Conversation With Carp 

BY DAVID NOH | At age 88, Carlton Carpenter is one of the very last survivors of Hollywood’s Golden Age of musicals, specifically MGM Studio, which signed him to a seven-year contract in the late 1940s. Lean and lanky, he was a charmingly gawky presence in films like “Father of the Bride,” “Two Weeks with […]

Maggie’s Strange Bedfellows 

Maggie’s Strange Bedfellows 

BY GARY M. KRAMER | A feel-good film, “Pride” chronicles the efforts of an LBGT group to raise money to support striking Welsh miners in 1984. This rousing period drama, based on a true story, shows the power of activism and how the LGBT community found common cause with another marginalized group in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. […]

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