Un Chant d’Amour

Posted on September 29, 2010

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French thief, novelist, activist and all-round bad boy Jean Genet’s 1950 Un Chant d’Amour, the only film he made, is a tour-de-force of sexual desire, with metaphors so loaded that they are as sexy as the sexual acts in and of themselves – scenes of the two prisoners/lovers exchanging smoke through a straw between the wall that separates them is fraught with a kind of brutal tenderness, it’s somehow heartbreaking. A landmark in the expression of gay sexuality, the whole film can be watched here.

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