This is the first installment of QFS being hosted at Hume! From here on out, hopefully, we’ll be able to focus on 4 movies each month centered within a specific time period/subject matter/theme/director/etc. Which also means more opportunities to catch the queer films considering everyone’s busy schedules!
This month we’ll be focusing on Hollywood films made in the early years of the Hayes Code. Our first installment will be focused on two films featuring female leads in drag/male-atire.
For those of you who missed the first one, here’s my mission statement:
My goals for this series is to educate and spread awareness of films not normally sought out by the straight-cis world or even seen by LGBTQ folks who aren’t cinephiles themselves. Through-out the series, I hope for the audience to gain a greater understanding about the outside forces that suppressed our community for so long (and who continue to do so) and how despite everything, LGBTQ characters continued to appear and eventually break-free of the oppressive hollywood/moralist shackles.
Although for many decades, LGBTQ characters were not shown under a flattering lens and were often sad, suicidal or muderous people, I will do my best to showcase the rare instances of characters being able to take some positive ownership of their sexualities in addition to the darker films.
Also, due to how western society works as well as the distribution of wealth and technology, the majority of the films, at least through the 1970s will also mostly be cis, white and male, but rest assured that there will be more diverse films as the series comes along. I hope to have a few “specials” in between the chronological order we will be watching the films in to break things up; including documentaries on LGBT historical/popular figures and films that are Queer-Coded starring LGBTQ icons.
I’m doing my best to read-up as much LGBTQ film theory/history as I can and will be happy to moderate discussion after the films have been shown!
“Sylvia Scarlett” (1935) directed by George Cukor. Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, disguises herself as a boy, Sylvester.
“Queen Christina” (1933) directed by Rouben Mamoulian. (This film is technically pre-code by a year and a half.) Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.
Please be considerate of the audience and subject-mater, HUME is a safe-space and anyone who acts otherwise will be asked to leave.
BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own pillow for comfort!!)