Best in queer cinema

When I defined queerness and queerness in rock and pop this week, I implied that a space where members of the same gender could share desires, gratified and ungratified, was a prerequisite. George Cukor’s delicate, strange Holiday leapt to mind. What a scenario: grown men and women find solace in a playroom.

Here is a modest selection.

1. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
2. Wild Reeds (André Téchiné)
3. High Art (Lisa Cholodenko)
4. Holiday (George Cukor)
5. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
6. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
7. Un Chant d’Amour (Jean Genet)
8. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
9. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
10. Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai)
11. Je, Tu, Il, Elle (Chantal Akerman)
12. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
13. The Angelic Conversation (Derek Jarman)
14. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
15. What Time is It There (Tsai Ming-Liang)
16. Fox and His Friends (Rainer Wener Fassbinder)
17. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
18. In the Family (Patrick Wang)
19 Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger)
20. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
21. Law of Desire (Pedro Almodovar)
22. Female Trouble (John Waters)
23. Orlando (Sally Potter)
24. Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein)
25. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)
26. Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
27. In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
28. Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
29. Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood)
30. How to Survive a Plague (David France)
31. The Celluloid Closet (Vito Russo)
32. Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan)
33. My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears)
34. Poison (Todd Haynes)
35. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
36. Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
37. Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel)
38. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
39. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
40. I Love You, Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa)

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2 Responses to Best in queer cinema

  1. J. Ataide says:

    Lovely list; I agree with nearly all the selections I’ve seen, reminded of others I still need to catch up with, and of course have my own favorites I’d include on my own analogous list. But intrigued by the inclusion of Holiday–a film I adore (and rather delighted!) to see cited in this context, but why? Ayers’s character, or something more abstractly queer re: possibilities of human relationships?

    • humanizingthevacuum says:

      Yep – you’ve got it. Ayers codes queer to me, and the relationships, with the room as Cupid, don’t follow the usual, ah, arrangements.

      I’d love to see your list!

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