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A Life of Genius and Jealousies

A Life of Genius and Jealousies

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s “Love, Cecil” is an affectionate documentary portrait about the famous gay British author, designer, painter, and photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). The film is a magnificent showcase for Beaton’s work as well as his thoughts about style and his impressions of people — he candidly refers to Katharine […]

Power Dyke Joe Carstairs Comes Alive!

Power Dyke Joe Carstairs Comes Alive!

BY DAVID NOH | The first I ever heard of Joe Carstairs (1900-93) was in Charles Higham’s 1977 biography of Marlene Dietrich, in which he described this fabulous lesbian Standard Oil millionairess who was so besotted with the diva that she wanted to esconce her on a private island in the Bahamas. Phoebe Legere takes on […]

Countess Dracula

Countess Dracula

BY DAVID NOH | “Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York,” a new exhibit at the Museum for the City of New York, is a terrific survey of a variety of queer subcultures and personalities that once made our now malled-over city so vibrantly the center of the gay universe, and not just […]

Hotcha!: Film Forum Celebrates 27 Delicious Days of Delectable Dirt

Hotcha!:  Film Forum Celebrates 27 Delicious Days of Delectable Dirt

BY DAVID NOH | Forget westerns, film noirs and horror, the movie genre of genres as far as I’m concerned is Pre-Code, those films made before the puritanically restrictive Hays Code took control of censorship in 1934. Film Forum is hosting a four-week celebration of films made in 1933, just before that dreary takeover, by […]