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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles C-D

Titles C-D

La cage aux folles
"A gender-bending farce about the owner of a drag-revue nightclub, his high-strung transvestite 'companion', and a wedding that defies all odds."

Ce qu'on a = What We Have
"Depicts the journey of Maurice Lesmers, a gay actor and teacher, who finds himself 'lost in translation' in Northern Ontario. Fleeing from his troubled past in France, Maurice's romantic sense of Canada leads him to seek refuge in a remote community where he discovers little outlet for his Parisian appetite for one-night stands. But things get complicated after he takes a job tutoring French to fifteen-year-old Allan, a shy student struggling at school and with his sexuality."

The Children's Hour
"When a vindictive little girl is disciplined in an exclusive girl's school, the child twists an overheard comment into slander. She accuses her teachers of lesbianism and her gullible grandmother spreads the gossip. Outraged, Karen and Martha fight back in court, but a child's lie is hard to disprove."

"After his best friend Mark dies, Jeff decides to meet Andrea, an Italian man who Mark has been internet dating. The two strangers quickly bond and develop a meaningful friendship that changes their lives forever. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes footage and director commentary."

The Circle
"Zurich: 1958. A bashful teacher and a German cabaret artist get to know one another in the Swiss underground organization called 'Der Kreis'. As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organization for gay emancipation. Features a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats."

"The remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, he faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old."

Coming Out
"Against the background of the East German society's prejudice against homosexual relationships, Philip, a high school teacher with a pregnant girl friend, discovers he loves Matthias."

"Miguel, a respected Peruvian fisherman, is expecting his first child with his beautiful wife, Mariela. However, their peaceful existence is threatened by Miguel's love for Santiago, a visiting artist whose presence is viewed as a threat by the villagers. When a fatal accident befalls the community, Miguel is faced with hiding his true feelings or coming to terms with who he is and risk losing everything, including those he loves."

Could Be Worse
"A musical film starring gay Greek-American filmmaker Zack Stratis and his family, in which they play fictionalized versions of themselves."

"Set in 1970's Montreal, Zac is the fourth of five sons, but he's always been more 'sensitive' than the other boys. Growing up in a strict but loving Catholic household, Zac does everything he can to impress his stern father. Through a combination of music, rebellion and humor, Zac learns how to be true to his inner self and to teach his father to love him for who he really is."

"This first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa is a contemporary African reinterpretation of the age-old Romeo and Juliet conflict between love and social convention. When Sori and Manga tell their parents they are in love, they respond that, 't's impossible; since time began, it's never happened. Boys don't do that.'"

Death in Venice
"In Venice on holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach encounters a young Polish boy and becomes obsessed with him, a secret passion that will lead to his doom."

The Delta
"Set in Memphis, Tenn. Focuses on Lincoln Bloom (Gray), an affluent white 17-year-old youth, whose surface straightness is a mask for an interest in gay cruising and peep-show sex. At an all-night movie house, Lincoln meets Minh (Thang Chan), a twenty-something poor Amerasian immigrant, the son of an Afro-American soldier and a Vietnamese woman. Minh is openly gay and in love with Lincoln. They take a spur-of-the-moment trip down the Mississippi on Lincoln's father's cabin cruiser. But their romance is doomed because of the different ages, races, cultures and classes involved."

Desert Hearts
"Vivian is a repressed English professor who goes to Reno for a quickie divorce in 1959. She spends the weeks waiting for final divorce papers at a dumpy dude ranch. There she mets Cay, a beautiful young casino worker. The two develop a friendship that stirs desires in Vivian she cannot deny. Slowly their attraction deepens into bold sensuality as they develop a bond that renews their hearts--and breaks all the rules."

Different from the Others
"A prosperous man encounters a sleazy blackmailer who discovers that he is gay. Released in 1919, this film is an amazingly frank depiction of a homosexual relationship. Banned at the time of its release, later burned by the Nazis, the film was believed lost for more than forty years."

Dog Day Afternoon
"Based upon true events, a New York man and two accomplices are besieged in a bank with all the bank employees after his attempt to rob enough money to pay for his male lover's sex change operation goes awry. What results is a two day media circus in which his private life and the humiliation of the police is laid bare for the whole city."

Dreams from Strangers
"An Italian swimmer competing in Russia falls for a Russian man, but cultural differences and stereotypes threaten their relationship."

"Ryan and Joel are in a relationship together, until Ryan meets Leo. Ryan believes that Leo is his soulmate, and leaves Joel to get together with Leo."

Drôle de Félix = Adventures of Felix
"A young Frenchman of Arab descent has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside."