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"Shari L. Rosenblum" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 3 Oct 1997 10:50:56 EDT
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I apologize if this is a second appearance of my posts.  I tried to post
the lists to usenet, but it seemed to me that the post was not distributed
to the list.  I have combined here the two posts I wrote listing films
for Dr. Courington.
In addition to the suggestions already made, I would suggest taking
a look at the following films:
WILD REEDS, France (1995?) -- which explores race, class and sexual
orientation in a particular group of teens during the Algerian War.
RAISE THE RED LANTERN, China (?) 1991 (?) -- which deals a devastating
blow to gender and class treatment and fatality.  A beautiful and
powerful film.
STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE, Cuba (1995?) -- which deals with homosexuality
on the social and the political fronts and weaves literary appreciation
and art with exploration of sexuality, sexuality biases, and politics
left and right.
HATE, France (1996?) -- which deals with race (Arab, Black and Jewish)
and class and the police and the media and so on and so forth.  Extremely
powerful for students, I would think.
LAS LIBERTARIAS, Spain (1996?), which deals beautifully with gender
issues, regarding nuns, prostitutes and women as soldiers during the
Spanish Civil War.  It deals with class and religion as a class issue,
given its political context.  And it touches on variations of sexuality
and sexual orientation.
BANDIT QUEEN, India (?) -- a relatively biased political account that
deals in detail and great depth with gender and class issues.  And is
sure to provoke discussion.
HAPPY TOGETHER, Hong Kong (1997) -- for its treatment of homosexuals
without analysis of sexual orientation -- a breath of fresh air, in
my opinion, for its moving beyond.
MAYBE . . . MAYBE NOT, Germany (1996?) -- which deals with sexual
orientation and cross-dressing in a farcical, but somehow not
judgmental context.  The most iffy of the bunch in terms of quality,
but might be interesting.
More films that may be worth looking into:
BROKEN ENGLISH, New Zealand (1997) -- intermarriage, Croatian and
Maori.  Problem here is the ostensibly over-the-top sexuality that
got it an NC-17 rating.
LA BELLE EPOQUE, Spain (1995?) -- gender and sexual orientation --.
I liked it less than the Academy did, and it also has some explicit
sexuality, if I recall, but it's interesting.
CAFE AU LAIT, France (?) -- interracial relationships, strange
resolution, imo.
FIRE, India, (in current release) -- class and same-sex relationships,
though not necessarily sexual orientation.
Shari L. Rosenblum
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