It's hard to believe this film was made in the 1950's. Jean Genet captures eroticism, pain, homophobia, BDSM phantasy, oppression, lust and more in just 26 silent minutes. It made me think of some of Mapplethorpe's images and the uproar they caused in 1989. Definitely recommended, it deserves its status of ground breaking classic.
Watched this while having my morning coffee. Was not expecting scenes of a dude stroking his boner while I enjoyed my sumatra, but nonetheless, an effective short here. The fact that this was released in 1950 is astounding. Feels like a short Kenneth Anger would've made years later. I was researching on IMDB a bit and it seems this was the only film he directed. A shame. Very forward thinking and inspired. 4.5 stars
Bresson knew John Cocteau and I think was related by marriage. Over a 1950 dinner Bresson talks about the Country Priest he will release in 1951. Cocteau suggests a midnight movie, a project he recently finished, and the rest is history, Bresson turns radically Calvinist, Cocteau continues on his path of debauchery. What the…
One of those classics of cinema that more have heard of than have actually seen. "Silent and shot in grainy black and white, the film presents a passionate relationship between inmates, separated from each other by the prison walls. The prisoners express their estranged desire for each other in increasingly sensual ways until the frame is filled with writhing bodies....a lone guard watches, menacing and jealous".