friedgreengibbs

friedgreengibbs

Film archivist by day, film lover 24/7

A psychic told my aunt that I was probably Eve Arden in a past life and I’m rolling with it

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  • Fame

    Fame

    I have a lot of friends in the business we call show - stage actors, theater operators, film crew members, music festival organizers, singers, dancers, theme park performers. While many are now getting back to the work they love or soon to be getting that chance, they suffered through more than a year of stolen dreams and hard work abandoned - not through the usual whims of performance and auditions but through national selfishness and a complete disregard for arts…

  • Act of Violence

    Act of Violence

    I contain multitudes which is to say I love noir but am also the kind of person who freaked out by yelling “MARMEE?!” when Mary Astor suddenly turned up. A year before her beautiful portrayal of Janet Leigh’s mother in Little Women, here she is giving a superb performance as a skid row sex worker trying to hook up with Leigh’s husband. It’s wild! Leigh is also great. As in some of his other notable works, Fred Zinnemann does not…

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  • Women I Love

    Women I Love

    ★★★★½

    There’s this moment in the film when a woman smiles up at her lover while resting between her legs and that smile made a brief distinction for me between what is pornographic and what just Is. Lesbian filmmakers like Hammer help reclaim the nude female body from breathy girly gasps and clean-shavenness and giggling and shows them instead for the beauty that they have just by virtue of existing as they are.

  • Wild Nights with Emily

    Wild Nights with Emily

    ★★★★★

    Smh @ all y’all looking down through your monocles at the low budget this movie had to work with. As if lesbian films - especially independent ones, especially ones actually made by lesbians! - are so easy to get funding for. For every CAROL that comes along, there’s several continuing a (proud? Unfortunate) tradition of lesbian films that had to be made on the cheap because people with money/power figured the only profitable category lesbianism belonged in was porn. This…