Once again, true to form, the film industry is celebrating the two latest gay and lesbian flicks, both featuring torrid affairs between an adult and a teenager, while at the same time, there are howls of protest across America because an 18-year-old girl has been charged with crimes because of her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. What a coincidence!
In France, there was such enthusiasm for a pornographic lesbian film that the top award at the Cannes Film Festival was given to both the director and the two leading actresses. “Blue Is the Warmest Colour" won the best film prize, nominated by a jury led by none other than Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman.
The movie, which features scenes which “leave nothing to the imagination,” tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with an older woman. But not to worry. The age of consent in France is already 15.
Here in America, HBO aired the original movie “Behind the Candelabra,” hailed as “a moving and beautifully made film that traces the clandestine half-decade romance between Vegas showman and pianist Liberace and his much, much younger live-in boyfriend Scott Thorson.”
The film, which features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson, was reportedly deemed “too gay” to be successful by other studios, hence it’s airing on HBO. (In today’s gay happy media culture, saying that the film was considered “too gay” is saying a lot.) Thorson became Liberace’s live-in lover when he was just 17.
The extreme praise for these two movies is reminiscent of the media frenzy over “Brokeback Mountain,” the first, “mainstream” movie with gay sex scenes. It “won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was honored with Best Picture and Best Director accolades from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Awards, Producers Guild of America, Critics Choice Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards among many other organizations and festivals.”
It was “nominated for eight Academy Awards, the most nominations at the 78th Academy Awards, where it won three.” The same year, “Capote,” about Truman Capote, and “Transamerica,” about a woman undergoing a sex-change, were also honored with awards.
Isn’t it fascinating that all these LGBT films are so incredibly good – or could there be a little bias in the movie industry?
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.