Episode 17: Our Sons (1991)

In 1985 John Erman directed the groundbreaking TV film An Early Frost. One of the first films to address the AIDS epidemic. In 1991 he returned the subject in Our Sons. Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret play the disapproving mothers of a gay couple (Hugh Grant and Zeljko Ivanek). Zeljko’s dying of AIDS so the women go on a road trip to visit them. Cue fights, tears and a sprinkling of camp.

This episode includes spoilers and strong language.

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Episode 16: The Children’s Hour (1961)

William Wyler first adapted Lilian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour to the screen in 1936. The work was heavily censored to meet the standards of the Hollywood production code. In 1961 he produced a remake that restored the lesbian content. My guests had contrasting responses to the film.

This episode includes spoilers. I’m adding a trigger warning as the story includes an act of self harm.

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Episode 13: Victim (1961)

Welcome to Season Two! Basil Deardon’s Victim pits a closeted barrister against a blackmailer. This was the first English language film to use the word “homosexual.” It bravely denounced the UK’s anti-gay laws. Today it remains a crackling noir with a heroic gay leading man, the likes we rarely see in cinema.

This episode contains plot spoilers and a brief discussion of a characters’ suicide.

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Episode 12: Beautiful Thing (1996)

Thank you for listening to Rainbow Colored Glasses. Season one concludes with a look at one of my favorite films: Beautiful Thing. Jonathan Harvey adapted the script from his hit stage play. It tells the story of Jamie, a working class teen in love with the boy next door. Linda Henry nearly steals the show as his brassy mother Sandra. It was a pleasure to share the movie with my guest.

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Episode 11: Victor Victoria (1982)

Blake Edwards co-wrote and directed this glamorous remake of the 1933 musical. Julie Andrews stars as a cis woman who performs as a female impersonator. The film has a lot to say about sexuality and gender roles. But at 2 hours and 14 minutes is it too much of a good thing? Let’s discuss.

This episode contains plot spoilers and strong language.

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Episode 10: All Over the Guy (2001)

Foes to Friends to Lovers is a classic romcom formula. But what happens when the central couple never stops fighting? Dan Bucatinsky’s All Over the Guy pairs two men who make each other miserable in this sour romance.

This episode contains plot spoilers and strong language.

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Episode 9: Bewildered Youth (1957)

When Klaus makes a gay friend his mother panics. She breaks them up, with disastrous results. This German gay-sploitation film underwent many rewrites to please the censors. Bewildered Youth portrayed sympathetic gay characters long before Hollywood would dare to.

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Manfred’s friends throw the best parties.

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Episode 8: Were the World Mine (2008)

Tom Gustafson’s musical began as a short film, Fairies, in 2003. He expanded it into the feature length Were the World Mine in 2008. The story sets Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a modern high school. Timothy, a bullied teen, casts a spell that makes his tormentors fall in love with people of the same sex. The film received mostly positive reviews and won several awards. My guest and I have mixed feelings about the work.

This episode contains plot spoilers and strong language.

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