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Jean Genet

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”

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    A SONG OF LOVE

    Jean Genet France, 1950

    The controversial writer and outcast Jean Genet made only one film in his lifetime yet its impact on underground and independent filmmakers has been incalculable. This sexually graphic and profoundly liberating work, which was infamously declared obscene, is a poetic paean to homoerotic desire.

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    POISON

    Todd Haynes United States, 1991

    Sundance in the early 90s was a place to be, not just for Tarantino, but for Todd Haynes (Carol), whose debut Poison may be the most shocking film to ever win their top prize—a bold, fiercely intelligent, uniquely stylized take on transgressive desire that few indies today would dare attempt.

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    JEAN GENET: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANTOINE BOURSEILLER

    Antoine Bourseiller France, 1981

    Spend time with the transgressive French artist Jean Genet himself in Antoine Bourseiller’s short feature, made 5 years before Genet’s death. A film-interview that provides a picture and reflection of one of the 20th century’s most influential creators.

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