If you're a lover of period pieces, lesbian romance films , or just gorgeous cinema, you're likely planning to spend part of this December catching the new Todd Haynes movie Carol , where Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play lovers in sumptuous s New York. But fully appreciating the real depth of the film, at least from a historical perspective, needs a little research first. Carol isn't just a stand-alone piece; it's the latest in a tradition of lesbian cinema across the world , one that has changed and shifted according to societal mores and the history of film itself. And it's certainly not just about Cate Blanchett's cheekbones.
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Director Francis Lee knows we're all gagging for a sneaky peak at the actors in full late 18th century get up, and finally shared a picture of Kate and Saoirse. And yep, they look as cute and drab as we could have possibly hoped for. So yep, as well as giving us a glimpse of the pair, he also confirmed some other awesome actors will be in the film. Mary Anning died in the s, and during her lifetime made some pretty amazing Jurassic period discoveries in Lyme Regis. For a working class woman to be this successful at the time in a field like this was a really bloody big deal. And her sexuality has never written about or delved into. Some of Mary's living relatives have said they're on board with the film.
No longer limited by low budgets, films with gay and lesbian stories have flourished in the first two decades of the 21st century. There is something about the scrappy DIY aesthetic that will always be essentially queer — and the films below reflect a notable shift in the ambition and scope of contemporary queer films. Here are the 20 best LGBT films of the 21st century. The film begins with a series of humiliating punishments that, due to a significant reveal early in the film, the viewer begins to see as being both lovingly tender as well as being hardcore kinky.
Bell has traveled to Reno to obtain a swift divorce and stays at a ranch where she meets Rivers. Sparks fly between the pair, and though Vivian is set to return to New York, she manages to convince Cay to join her as her train is leaving, if only until the next stop on the train. Even following Desert Hearts, it was quite common for love between women on-screen to end in despair or, at the very least, be unrequited.