Crass Consciousness (BARTON FINK)

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Published on 23 Aug 1991 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Paris Is Burning

Jennie Livingston’s exuberant and loving documentary about “voguing” and the drag balls of Harlem is both a celebration and a canny commentary. Delving into the dance poses and acrobatic moves of black and Latino gay men, she enters this highly ritualized subculture with a genuine sense of curiosity and discovery, and is wise enough to let the participants themselves do most of the explaining. One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world, but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society “role models” are all about. See it (1990). (Fine Arts)

Published on 09 Aug 1991 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Secrets Of A Soul

Sigmund Freud refused to have anything to do with this early (1926) silent attempt to deal with psychoanalysis via German expressionism, directed by G.W. Pabst. The results are dated, but this is still an intriguing period piece. 97 min. (JR)

Published on 01 Aug 1991 in Featured Texts, by admin

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