Un Chant d'amour. Flames of passion. Looking for Langston (X)

United Kingdom, 1989

Film
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Three important and poetic films exploring homoeroticism. (1)”Un Chant d’Amour” is the only film directed by Jean Genet. A silent movie filmed in 1950, the film sensuously explores the themes that obsessed Genet in his writing: homosexual love and desire within the oppressive confines of prison. This explicit film was banned from circulation for 20 years. (2)”Flames of Passion”, made in 1989, is a witty gay remake of “Brief Encounter”. (3)”Looking for Langston” (1989) is dedicated to the black artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Writers such as Langston Hughes and James Baldwin not only celebrated the African-American history suppressed by white society but also liberated black homosexual desire. “Looking for Langston” is a beautiful and erotic essay on black men’s love for each other and the difficulty of negotiating gay love in a racist culture. From the director of “Young Soul Rebels”.

Credits

production company

BFI

co-producer

Niko Papatakis

Cheryl Farthing

Nadine Marsh-Edwards

co-director

Jean Genet

Richard Kwietniowski

Isaac Julien

Duration

01:25:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303556

Language

English

Audience classification

R (18+)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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