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Gay History - December 28, 1888: Famous German Director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is Born

Gay History – December 28, 1888: German Director F. W. Murnau of “Nosferatu” Fame is Born

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was born December 28th, 1888. An openly gay German director, he is best known for his work  Nosferatu, and on the film Sunrise, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. 

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe in the Bielefeld, Province of Westphalia. Plumpe would take the pseudonym of “Murnau” from the town of that name near Lake Staffel, south of Munich, where he lived for a time.

Murnau studied philology at the University in Berlin and later art history and literature in Heidelberg, where director Max Reinhardt saw him at a students’ performance and decided to invite him to his actor-school.

He then joined the Imperial German Flying Corps and flew missions in northern France for two years; surviving eight crashes without severe injuries. After landing in Switzerland, he was arrested and interned for the remainder of the war in a POW camp.

Murnau returned to Germany where he soon established his own film studio with actor Conrad Veidt. His first feature-length film, The Boy in Blue, a drama inspired by the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting, was released in 1919.

Murnau’s homosexuality, would have been more or less accepted in his Berlin artistic circles of the day. Germany, indeed, was one of the gay-friendlier spots in the world until the Nazis took power

Murnau’s most famous film is Nosferatu, a 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The release would be the only one by Prana Film because the company declared itself bankrupt in order to avoid paying damages to Stoker’s estate (acting for the author’s widow, Florence Stoker) after the estate won a copyright infringement lawsuit. Apart from awarding damages, the court ordered also all existing prints of the film to be destroyed. However, one copy had already been distributed globally. This print, which has been duplicated time and again has made Nosferatu an early example of a cult horror film.

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WORLD AIDS DAY - WATCH:"Longtime Companion" (1989) The First Theatrical Movie About AIDS - VIDEO

World AIDS Day – WATCH: “Longtime Companion” (1989) The First Theatrical Wide Release Movie About the AIDS Crisis – FULL VIDEO

 

Longtime Companion  is a 1989 film with Bruce Davidson, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, and Mary-Louise Parker was first wide-release theatrical film to deal with the subject of AIDS. 

The film takes its title from the words The New York Times used to describe the surviving same-sex partner of someone who had died of AIDS during the 1980’s instead of using the word partner, or lover.

The movie chronicles the first years of the AIDS epidemic as seen through eyes of several New York City gay men and the straight sister of one of them and the impact it has on them.

The movie is split into several sections identified by dates from July 3, 1981 when the New York Times published its first article about the rise of a new “gay cancer.” to 1989.

“Bearing the burden of being the first film about AIDS, Longtime Companion (which premiered at Sundance Fest) it had the task of placing the crisis on the national agenda, which meant a gentler, kinder tone; even so, it’s a touching, sensitive film that helps us understand the bravery and gallantry of those who have been forced in the prime of life to confront death and grief.” –Emmaunnel Levy

Over a quarter century later, Longtime Companion remains both an essential film in the history of the AIDS epidemic and an enduring portrait of grief and loss. Yet in recent years, Longtime Companion has fallen into an undeserved obscurity.  It’s currently not available on any streaming platforms (except the Youtube version below) and the DVD is out of print.

Though AIDS (then GRIDS) as an obscure and seemingly isolated medical crisis — one that had been introduced to most of the country via a 1981 New York Times story featuring an ominous, and now infamous headline, “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” — it had exploded into a terrifying deadly epidemic with no end in sight.

I lived in NYC during this time. I worked and went to the bars in the NYC’s greenich Village, The Anvil, The Mineshaft, Fire Island, the St. Marks Baths, and the porn theaters.  I was there.  I personally buried so many friends that younger LGBT people of our community today cannot imagine it let alone believe it.  But as wonderful as LC might be it will never come close to portraying the road from happiness to the fear and horror of that era. The liberation of the late 70’s to the plague of the mid 80’s. And the burying of friends and loved ones week after week while wondering who was next and scared to death that it might be you.

And no one in power gave a shit.

To this day I grieve for all the friends that I lost and often think to myself “Why me? Why did I survive while so many of my friends didn’t”  I was no better and in some cases so much worse.  I ask this question to myself day after day and probably will until the day I die and I see them again.

It’s impossible for people who didn’t live through it to understand the depths of the pain, loss and anger AIDS brought to my generation.  And what ramifications we live with today because of it.

No movie could capture the true horror of those years and what gay men faced in major cities. But Longtime Companion does touch upon the confusion, and and loss that we shared and just might actually help the  younger members of the LGBT community understand the devastation that our community suffered. And why the survivors today are so angry and fight so hard for a cure and equality.

We fight now only for us.  But also for those we lost.

*Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research.

*Longtime Companion is still rated 100% FRESH at RottenTomatoes.com

FIRST LOOK - WATCH: M. Night Shyamalan’s Trailer for Gay Horror Film "Knock at the Cabin"

FIRST LOOK – WATCH: M. Night Shyamalan’s Trailer for Gay Horror Film “Knock at the Cabin”

Coming on the heel’s of Billy Eichner’s major studio theatrical release gay rom-com BROS (Review Here) now we have Universal stepping it up a notch with more much needed gay male representation in the movies with M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror film Knock at the Cabin.

Based on Paul G. Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World, the movie follows gay couple Andrew (Jonathan Groff) and Eric (Ben Aldridge), who take their seven-year-old daughter Wen (Kristen Cui) on holiday to a remote cabin but the vacation takes a sudden turn for the worse when “four armed strangers” led by Leonard (Dave Bautista) take the family hostage and demand that they “make an unthinkable choice.” 

Rupert Grint, Abby Quinn and Nikki Amuka-Bird are also set to join Bautista, Groff and Aldridge as Redmond, Sabrina, and Adriane, respectively. 

Knock at the Cabin is coming to theaters Feb. 3, 2023. 

What If We Changed Movie Titles To Include Trans Inclusive Language

What If We Changed Movie Titles To Include Trans Inclusive Language

You never know it might be coming someday.

  1. Vulva Carriers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  2. The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Person-In-The-Moon Marigolds
  3. 3 Penised Persons And A Baby Who Was Not Assigned A Gender At Birth In Order To Prevent Their Psychological Enslavement
  4. Call Me By My Correct Pronoun
  5. Birthing People (in Italian) Mia
  6. Ilsa: They/Them Wolf of the SS (1975)
  7. Person of Ever-Shifting Gender, Where’s My Car? (Sweet!)
  8. 12 Angry Non-Binaries
  9. Mx. and Mx. Smith
  10. Victor/Victoria/Victorx
  11. TERF Nazis Must Die
  12. Born Yesterday: Assigned Female
  13. Dressed to Affirm One’s Gender and Kill
  14. A Queer For All Seasons
  15. Mars (ha P. Johnson) Attacks!

Just to point this out. This post is meant as satire.

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Ethan Hawke To Star In Pedro Almodovar's Gay Western "The Strange Ways Of Life."

Ethan Hawke To Star In Pedro Almodovar’s Gay Western “The Strange Ways Of Life.”

Ethan Hawke, who’s known for everything from Reality Bites to his new horror film The Black Phone, is set to star in Western short film Strange Way of Life, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Hawke will be taking the screen as Jake, a desert-dwelling sheriff who hasn’t seen Silva, a gunslinger played by Pedro Pascal, in 25 years, with the two characters living on completely opposite sides of the desert.

Almodóvar who turned down an offer to direct Brokeback Mountain in the early 2000’s, saying that Strange Way of Life would be his “answer” to the 2005 Western gay romance.

We shall see.

Strange Way of Life is set to start production in late August, with an official release date being uncertain

THEY/THEM Review: WHAT/THE FUCK

FIRST LOOK: Watch the Teaser Trailer for the Kevin Bacon Gay Conversion Camp Horror Flick “They/Them”

In the new Blumhouse-produced horror film They/Them, a mysterious masked killer stalks a gay conversion-therapy camp.

The film’s cast also includes Claws/True Bloods: Carrie Preston,  Anna Chlumsky, Quei Tann, Anna Lore, Darwin Del Fabro, Theo Germaine and Kevin Bacon, who portrays Owen Whistler, the owner of the conversion-therapy camp and brings his career full circle from Camp Crystal Lake.

They/Them premieres Aug. 5 on Peacock. Watch the film’s teaser trailer below.

Viggio Mortensen Hits Back At Criticism Over Playing Gay Role

Viggio Mortensen Hits Back At Criticism Over Playing Gay Role: ‘You’re Assuming I’m Completely Straight’

Actor Viggio Mortensen has responded to criticism over the fact that he will be playing a gay role in his upcoming self-directed film Falling.

Weighing in the the getting very tired debate around straight actors playing gay roles, Mortensen said of his critics that they are “assuming that I’m completely straight”, and “frankly none of your business.”

Mortensen, best known for his work on the  The Lord of the Rings films, said” “Look, these are the times we’re living in, and I think it’s healthy that those issues are brought up.

“The short answer is that I didn’t think it was a problem. And people then ask me, ‘Well what about Terry Chen, who plays my husband in the film, is he a homosexual?’ And the answer is I don’t know, and I would never have the temerity to ask someone if they were, during the casting process.”

Mortensen also talked about the film and the gay role/straight actor issue in Attitude magazine, adding: “And how do you know what my life is? You’re assuming that I’m completely straight. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. And it’s frankly none of your business.

“I want my movie to work, and I want the character of John to be effective. So if I didn’t think it was a good idea I wouldn’t do it.”

The argument of “gay actor/gay role is a slippery slope and came about after some trans actresses got miffed that male actors were taking the very few trans roles that are out there. But the whole gay/actor gay role mantra is problematic especially if taken further and evolves into straight actor/straight role. Straight roles outnumber gay roles over 100 to 1.

Gay actors. Be careful what you wish for.

And remember its called ‘acting” for a reason.

Back2Stonewall’s Happy HomoDays!: Sonja Henie and Tico Tico! – Now THATS Christmas! – Video

You can learn more about Sonia Henie and how she won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater and was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood (Not to mention her ties to Liberace and Hitler which might actually be the same thing) by CLICKING HERE

It’s Official! Kirk Cameron Is America’s #1 Bottom!

Kirk Cameron


Exen after begging every KKK-ristian he could to pump up the horrible ratings of his new movie Saving Christmas.  America has spoken and Saving Christmas is now the worst-rated movie in the history of IMDB, beating out such cinematic classics as Monster a-Go GoThe Tony Blair Witch Project, Mariah Carey’s Glitter, and Santa with Muscles.

Can’t wait for Mystery Theatre 3000 to get a hold of this.

ROBOT ROLL CALL!

If you  really want a good laugh check out the reviews at RottenTomatoes.com – PURE COMEDY GOLD!

 

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