Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

Overview

Gay, lesbian, and transgender filmmakers, actors, and critics explore the history of queer cinema in this made-for-cable documentary. Eschewing any overarching narration, co-directors Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades illustrate archival footage and film clips with dozens of interviews. They also provide timelines and factoids to punctuate the discussion of specific eras. Although the background material and the interviewees allude to the subtext of Hollywood classics, the bounty of world cinema, and the history of ...
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Overview

Gay, lesbian, and transgender filmmakers, actors, and critics explore the history of queer cinema in this made-for-cable documentary. Eschewing any overarching narration, co-directors Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades illustrate archival footage and film clips with dozens of interviews. They also provide timelines and factoids to punctuate the discussion of specific eras. Although the background material and the interviewees allude to the subtext of Hollywood classics, the bounty of world cinema, and the history of experimental film, the focus remains squarely on the American independent movement, from the 1960s underground through the New Queer Cinema of the early '90s to the post-Brokeback Mountain landscape of 2006. Interview subjects range from cultural commentator Michael Musto and actors Alan Cumming and Jane Lynch to directors John Cameron Mitchell, Jennie Livingston, and Randy Barbato. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema made its bow July 16, 2006, on the Independent Film Channel.
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Special Features

Bonus interviews include Coming Out Stories, First gay movie memories, favorite movie love scenes and more; Chapter stops; Full frame; Dolby 2.0
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Cheery production values and an upbeat script lend this IFC documentary an aesthetic closer to a nostalgic VH1 celebration than to Vito Russo's seminal, still-haunting The Celluloid Closet. Yet Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema is a product of its times. Rather than an AIDS-era meditation on the power of representation, Fabulous! explores the explosion of gay images in millennial pop culture and traces it backward past Stonewall. Producer/directors Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg secured interviews with a who's who of contemporary gay performers and filmmakers, from actress Heather Matarazzo who amusingly recounts how a scene in her breakthrough film, Welcome to the Dollhouse, helped her realize she was a lesbian to directors Rose Troche and Todd Haynes and cultural critic B. Ruby Rich. As with any broad survey, the film often rushes through some important developments or misses them entirely. If this documentary were your only source of information, you'd think John Waters sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus rather than drawing inspiration from Paul Morrissey, the Kuchar brothers, and Kenneth Anger. Ultimately, however, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema can only pack so much into its 80-minute running time. It does an admirable job of covering the contemporary American landscape, including films by and for female and nonwhite audiences. As a double feature with The Celluloid Closet, it would make a pretty good overview of the first 100 years of American gay cinema. Now if only somebody would perform a similar survey for the rest of the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • UPC: 754703762696
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Wolfe Video
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Todd Haynes Participant
Ang Lee Participant
Jennie Livingston Participant
Heather Matarazzo Participant
John Cameron Mitchell Participant
Jenni Olson Participant
Rose Troche Participant
Gus Van Sant Participant
John Waters Participant
B. Ruby Rich Participant
Angela Christine Participant
Alex Vachon Participant
Stephen Gutwilling Participant
Randy Barbato Participant
Jane Lynch Participant
Dan Bucatinsky Participant
Don Roos Participant
John Cooper Participant
Technical Credits
Lisa Ades Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lesli Klainberg Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Alison Palmer Bourke Executive Producer
Steve Boves Sound/Sound Designer
Andrea French Sound/Sound Designer
Ari Gold Score Composer
Ari Gold Score Composer
William Hansen Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Katayanagi Sound/Sound Designer
Caleb Mose Sound/Sound Designer
Ruben O'Malley Cinematographer
John Pirozzi Cinematographer
Bill Porter Score Composer
Rachel Reichman Editor
Tammie Rhee Co-producer
Evan Shapiro Executive Producer
Tim Stubelek Sound/Sound Designer
Jessica Wolfson Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
1. Early Hollywood [6:54]
2. Post Stonewall [4:27]
3. Outrageous Cinema [3:38]
4. The 70's & 80's Shift [9:03]
5. The AIDS Effect [2:43]
6. A Place at the Table [6:00]
7. The New Queer Cinema [5:35]
8. By, For & About [6:57]
9. Out of the Closet [3:12]
10. A New Market [5:45]
11. Community Building [5:15]
12. Transgender Representation [4:46]
13. Changing Times [7:09]
14. Chaning Landscape [8:36]
15. End Credits [1:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Say Your Name and Who You Are
      First Gay Film Memories
      Sex
      Christine Vachon
      Coming Out
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