New Queer Cinema

NEW QUEER CINEMA
By: Grey Daisies

"The term “New Queer Cinema” was coined by film critic B. Ruby Rich in several publications (including the British film journal Sight & Sound1 and her seminal Village Voice overview of the 1992 Sundance Film Festival) to describe the appearance of certain films at Sundance Film Festivals in the early 1990s that evinced a politicized stance towards queer culture.

These films were unapologetic in their frank look at sexuality and combined stylistic elements drawn from AIDS activist videos, avant-garde cinemas, and even Hollywood films. They eschewed “positive images” and “happy endings” in favor of more complexly queer musings on the nature of gender and sexuality. Critic Karl Soehnlein noted this trend in 1990, when he…

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