Author: Flaming Classics

Barbarella: All You Need is Love

by Willow Maclay Barbarella defies all logic. A softcore pornographic (for its time) feature starring Hollywood royalty (Jane Fonda) at the height of flower power before the idealism of that movement was crushed under the wheels of the hell’s angels at Altamont. It’s a movie that...

Double-Cross-Dressing

by Caden Mark Gardner Victor/Victoria is a grand farce where the tensions of identity, fame, and power could easily have been twisted into something more dramatic in its 1930s Paris, France setting. But Blake Edwards instead has the confusion, anxieties, and subversive nature at the center...

I Me Mein Herr: Cabaret, Queerness, and Gender

by Kyle Turner There is little difference between Helmet Berger’s sexually deviant, amoral political strategist Martin (Helmut Burger), dressed up as Marlene Dietrich in stockings and pencil thin eyebrows drawn on, in Luchino Visconti’s The Damned and Joel Grey’s implicitly sadistic harlequin Master of Ceremonies in...

The Florida Science Project

by Willow Maclay Sidney Drew's 1914 landmark silent gender bender comedy, A Florida Enchantment, is likely only canonized due to it being one of the first of its kind, but that, in and of itself, is nothing to minimize. Over one hundred years old, it would...

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!

by Kyle Turner As playful and slick, as smart and self-possessed as its subject, the genius of Mary Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page is dolled consistently throughout the film, but first appears, albeit faux-coyly, in its first scene. Jostling the audience back to New York in...

Who Is You, Chiron?

by Caden Mark Gardner “A child is born and he is given a name. Suddenly, he can see himself. He recognizes his position in the world. For many, this experience, like that of being born, is one of horror.”- Poison (1991) by Todd Haynes The recognition of one’s...

Queerness in Some Like It Hot

by Ella Donald “I can never have children!” “We can adopt some.” “But you don't understand, Osgood! I'm a man!” “Well, nobody's perfect!” There was a fixture in my childhood, a figure ever-present on screen through the years I was learning to see the world around me. Her name was...

SEAMEN / SEE MEN / SEMEN

by Caden Mark Gardner Kenneth Anger’s experimental films were a cocktail of pop and subversion. A child of Hollywood, he became a pioneer and forefather to the music video, queer cinema, and avant-garde cinema of the latter 20th century.  Whether it was dealing with the occult...

Dreaming of You: Selena’s Queer Legacy

by Manuel Betancourt Selena Quintanilla is the ultimate border-crossing queen. Born in Lake Jackson, Texas to a Mexican-American family, she managed what seemed impossible: she made crossover hits out of songs that combined elements from both sides of the border. But Selena doesn’t just exist at the...