Friday, May 07, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

I'm tempted to post something else on this George Rekers thing, but I have my daily posting schedule to think of and those who keep up with this blog know that Friday evenings are reserved for Know Your LGBT History.

And for this afternoon, I thought I would focus attention on the 1982 movie, Querelle.

This movie is an incomprehensible messed based on French author Jean Genet's 1947 novel Querelle de Brest. It starred the late actor Brad Davis as Querelle, a bisexual sailor who is also a thief and murderer, and his adventures in a whorehouse. The whorehouse is owned by a woman, Lysiane, whose husband, Nono likes to play dice with strangers. If the stranger wins, he can have sex with Lysiane. If he loses, Nono gets to have sex with the stranger.

Needless to say Querelle loses on purpose and in a disturbing scene, is sodomized by Nono.

If you asked me anything else about this movie, I couldn't tell you because it's a mess, but with one saving grace.

The actress who played Lysiane is internationally famous Jeanne Moreau and she is stunning. I had only seen her in one film before this one. After this one, she became one of my favorite actresses:




Past Know Your LGBT History postings

Know Your LGBT History - Theatre of Blood

Know Your LGBT History - Strange Fruit

Know Your LGBT History - Designing Women

Know Your LGBT History - The Children's Hour

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

Know Your LGBT History - Once Bitten

Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

Know Your LGBT History - Christopher Morley, the crossdressing assassin

Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

Know Your LGBT History - Dracula's Daughter

Know Your LGBT History - Blacula

Know Your LGBT History - 3 Strikes

Know Your LGBT History - Paris Is Burning

Know Your LGBT History - The Women

Know your LGBT History - Soul Plane

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

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2 comments :

Prospero said...

I first fell in lust with Davis in "Midnight Express." I was just a teenager, but that amazing body and those chiseled features. Such a loss. And yes, "Querelle" is a mess, but I've sat it through more than once, just to stare at Brad in the tiny t-shirt...

Andy Armitage said...

"Yet each man kills the thing he loves" is, as most readers will know, from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Wilde.

As for Querelle de Brest, I read it a few decades ago, and then went on to Our Lady of the Flowers and one or two other Genet novels, but I'm afraid I struggled.