UO ‘23 (Cinema Studies + Poli Sci)
Fourth favorite slot is for a recent favorite
Before Stonewall 1984
Characteristic for the era from which this film originates, though there’s a great presentation of the lives and pre-Stonewall movement building by gay and lesbian people there is very little attention given to trans people or anyone who doesn’t identify as strictly gay or lesbian for that matter. So, in the respect this doc has a massive blind spot. However, there were a lot of great interviews in this, particularly with Audre Lorde, and some wonderful archival footage. Worth a watch, but definitely not the best doc out there on LGBTQ+ history. So, we’re due for an updated version imo.
Half point deduction for all the characters speaking English and none of them speaking in accents of their mother tongue. It’s nit picky, but it’s something that always bothers me when films don’t have characters speaking in their native languages or at least an accent reflective of said language. It just doesn’t feel accurate or right to me.
Really enjoyed seeing this theatrically tho! Watching this with an audience and an introduction from a musicologist beforehand was rad!
Also, I didn’t realize/remember that a young Cynthia Nixon plays Mozart’s maid!
Don't Look Up 2021
Watch First Reformed instead.