The Curtain Comes Down On Traditional Queer Films

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In the vein of 70’s auteur filmmakers, director Emett Casey recontextualizes classic, now clichéd troupes, through a distinctively queer lens. Meditative, with an off kilter humor, the role of the aging Hollywood actress serves as a metaphor for both aging and internalized misogyny within the community of cis-gendered gay males. Unable to relate to the hyper-masculinity portrayed in modern gay male love stories writer and actor Tristan Scott-Behrends choose to play the lead role in glamorous gowns while keeping his full beard. Without commenting on it within the film, the choice becomes a rebellious demand to inhibit the masculine and feminine simultaneously without apology. Curtain Down, is a love story, but not between fading star Storme (Scott-Behrends) and her butler James (Matthew Dunlop). Through the cruelness of strangers and the guidance of an old friend played brilliantly by the legendary Margaret Cho it becomes a story of learning to love oneself.

Photo Credits: Patrick Gookin 
Photo Credits: Patrick Gookin 
Photo Credits: Patrick Gookin 
Photo Credits: Patrick Gookin 

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