Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane

Chant d'Amour

I showed Jean Genet‘s Chant d’Amour to Big D and The Beav. Twenty-five minutes of experimental queer cinema, and they watched without being bored for a second. And when the film was over they had questions:  When was this made? Who are these actors? Listening, I wondered how many films are ever that successful?

I hadn’t seen the film in over five years. So watching it on the spur-of-the-moment, I was caught off guard by how beautiful and how shocking it is. Big D kept saying that the film was ahead of its time and couldn’t be shown today. My sense is that he’s right, and it’s because it’s erotic rather than pornographic. Which makes it much more difficult to dismiss.

A happy rediscovery.

Un Chant D'Amour (Dir. Jean Genet, 1950) from CAJ on Vimeo.

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Posted August 22, 2011