Sunday, September 20, 2015

Palm Springs LGBTQ film festival, Cinema Diverse

Had a real treat this week. The Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs is put on their four-day, LGBTQ film festival, Cinema Diverse. They had a great line up of short and feature-length films. So far, Herman and have seen three full-length movies and four shorts. All were enjoyable, yet two stood out as superb films that we intend to buy and add to our collection:

1) Eisenstein in Guanajuato: In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, venerated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein traveled to Mexico to consider making a new film. Eisenstein’s sensual Mexican experience appears to have been pivotal in his life, and this movie explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death.

Visually stunning, I could not take my eyes off the screen. A wonderful blend of humor and sexiness and, at times, sheer madness.

2) Those People: On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter finally finds the man of his dreams. If only he weren’t secretly in love with his best friend, Sebastian.

Great plot, superb acting, wonderful cinematography, and a terrific script. This delightful movie ranks high on my top-ten list of gay movies. I wanted to crawl into the film and become a part of it. A real work of art that I will keep coming back to.

And the best part is, we have three more feature-length films scheduled for today. I’m so looking forward to this. It is one of my favorite Palm Springs events.

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