Magic and make-believe and an audience

Stacy McCain says I might skip this particular film festival:

Thursdays this summer at the Atlas Performing Arts Center [in Washington, D.C.] will be Gay 101 — a series of films one must see to be a card-carrying gay man. While most are not gay-themed, all are embraced by the gay and lesbian community. Classics such as All About Eve and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? will share the screen with campier choices including Mommie Dearest and Valley of the Dolls.

On the schedule, in this order: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Auntie Mame, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, La Cage Aux Folles, Valley of the Dolls, Where the Boys Are, All About Eve, Suddenly Last Summer, Cabaret, Mommie Dearest, Steel Magnolias.

Now the main reason I’d go to a film festival is to see something I haven’t seen before. And, well, except for Suddenly Last Summer, I’ve seen all of those. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

(Thanks to Bill Simpson for the title.)



  1. Dick Stanley »

    30 July 2010 · 11:55 pm

    I don’t think you have to be gay to like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Although it might help.

  2. Tam »

    31 July 2010 · 11:31 am

    That’s funny.

    If I hadn’t roomed with a gay guy for the latter half of the ’90s, I probably never would have seen Auntie Mame, which became a fave.

    As a matter of fact, I think he had every movie on that list on VHS.

  3. CGHill »

    31 July 2010 · 12:04 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have a few of those on Beta (!) still, hiding somewhere in the stacks.

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