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

Titles B

Bawang bie ji  = Farewell My Concubine
"Directed by Chen Kaige. Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two gay male actors at the Peking Opera and of the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution.

Bear Cub = Cachorr
"This film tells the engaging story of Pedro, an attractive gay dentist living an active single life in Madrid. He offers to take care of his adorable 9-year-old nephew Bernardo for two weeks while the child's mother travels abroad with her latest 'hippie' boyfriend. When Mom suddenly becomes detained in India, however, Pedro must become the boy's caretaker. And to further complicate matters, the boy's grandmother begins a custody battle for the child."

Before Night Falls
"A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States."

Beginners
"A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover."

Behind the Candelabra
"Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, this HBO Films drama recreates the glittering private world of Liberace, the flamboyant, phenomenally successful entertainer whose extravagant costumes, trademark candelabra, and elaborate stage shows made him the most bankable entertainer of his time."

Being 17
"Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires."

Bent
"Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish to avoid even worse persecution. There he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about human love."

Beautiful Boxer
"Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transvestite kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is an action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of a sex-change operation. Funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk, and grueling days in boxing camps."

Best Day Ever
"David's turning 50 and is having a Mid-life Crisis! Along with relationship issues and career problems, he's realizing that his life hasn't gone how he expected it to, and that he only has about 35 years left. He struggles to answer questions about his life, if he's made the right choices. What now...what's next? Fate takes a turn when he unexpectedly meets a 15-year younger man who shows him that age doesn't matter, and that maybe his future happiness is easier to figure out than he thinks. Best Day Ever is based on writer/director Jeff London and writer/producer James Steven Handshoe's true life events."

Beyond Therapy
"A satire as modern psychotherapy about a confused, crazily neurotic couple and their not ant saner analysis. Prudence is a conservative and slightly mixed-up young woman who thinks Bruce is crazy. Bruce is a bi-sexual who lives with his male lover and is crazy about Prudence."

Les Biches = Bad Girls
"Socialite Frederique encounters young student Why on the streets of Paris, seduces her and whisks her off to spend winter with the chic crowd in St. Tropez. When architect Paul meets Why, he too charms her and comes between the two lovers, resulting in a ménage-à-trois beset by jealousy, madness, and ultimately, murder. It is a landmark film in history; its theme of bisexuality and upper-class decadence is surpassed only by its cool precision of cinematic style and exceptionally subtle performances."

The Big Gay Musical
"Starring in the Off-Broadway musical comedy, Adam & Steve: Just the Way God Made 'Em, aspiring actors Paul and Eddie find their complicated lives mirroring their onstage characters. Through rousing musical numbers that feature scantily clad tap-dancing angels, a clever retelling of Genesis, creepy televangelists, and a camp that attempts to turn gay kids straight, everyone realizes that life gets better once they accept who they really are: Just the way God made 'em!"

The Birdcage
"The story of a middle-aged gay couple's comic encounter with a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down."

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
"Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 long scenes with extended uses of a single camera shot and deep focus."

Bittersweet
"Three successful Israeli couples have their lives changed forever when a fortune teller crashes their quiet evening at home. A talented ensemble cast movingly portrays the young men and women who are forced to face fears, desires, and life's most difficult decisions."

Blush
"17-year-old Naama spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents' constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school, Naama falls deeply in love for the first time and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning."

Boulevard
"A subtle and moving drama following a devoted husband and dutiful bank employee who begins to confront his own secrets. What starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering decision for the curious Nolan Mack. For many years, Nolan and his wife Joy have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. When he meets a troubled young man named Leo on his drive home, Nolan finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life."

Bound
"Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way..."

Boy Meets Girl
"Three twenty year-olds living in Kentucky, Robby and his best friend since childhood, Ricky, a gorgeous transgender girl, have never dated. Lamenting the lack of eligible bachelors, Ricky considers dating a girl. In walks Francesca, a beautiful young debutante waiting or her Marine fiance to return from the war. Ricky and Francesca strike up a friendship, and maybe a little more, which forces Robby to face his true feelings for Ricky.
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The Boys
"In this beautiful and uplifting gay romance, two teen track stars discover first love as they train for the biggest relay race of their young lives."

Boys Don't Cry
"Teena Brandon alters her appearance to appear as a man, and assumes the name Brandon Teena. She moves to a tiny Nebraska town and begins making new friends under her new identity. All goes well until her new friends discover her secret. Based on a true story about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself."

The Boys in the Band
"A witty, perceptive and devastating look at the personal agendas and suppressed revelations swirling among a group of gay men in Manhattan. Harold is celebrating a birthday, and his friend Michael has drafted some friends to help commemorate the event. As the evening progresses, the alcohol flows, the knives come out, and Michael's demand that the group participate in a devious telephone game unleashes dormant and unspoken emotions."

Breakfast with Scot
"A sports lawyer and his partner, an ex-hockey player, find their lives turned completely upside down when a young boy comes to live with them, which will have them questioning everything they thought they knew about themselves, each other, and love."

Broderskab
"Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered."

Brokeback Mountain
"It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start."

Brother to Brother
"An elderly man, poet Bruce Nugent, meets a young, black, gay artist struggling to find his voice. Together they embark on a journey through his inspiring past."

The Business of Fancydancing
"Former Spokane Reservation best friends, Seymour and Aristotle have taken different paths when they are brought together for the funeral of an old friend. Both went off to college; one is now a successful poet, the other returned home embittered. Tensions and resentments flare as they meet again."

Butterfly Kiss
"When unpredictable and dangerous Eunice falls for sad and solitary Miriam, they take to the roads of grimy England. When Eunice turns out to be a sociopathic killer, can Miriam save her before she herself is ruined?"

By Hook or By Crook
"When Shy leaves a small town in search of a life of crime in the big city she meets her match in Valentine, a drifter looking for her parents."