Forbidden Love @ Cinema Politica Concordia w/ Queer Classics Book Launch

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Forbidden Love @ Cinema Politica Concordia w/ Queer Classics Book Launch

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 19:00 to 21:15

The Queer Media Database Canada-Québec joins Cinema Politica Concordia for the final screening of their 2015 season: FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES. This digitally re-mistressed classic will be shown alongside the Montreal book launch of the Queer Film Classics title of the same name. So please join us along with the directors Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, and book authors Jean Bruce and Gerda Cammaer, who will all be in attendance, and help us end this season with gusto! This event is co-presented with Arsenal Pulp Press, the National Film Board of Canada and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia. The screening is donation-based ($5-10 suggested), and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Monday, Dec. 7, 7PM

Hall Auditorium, Room H110, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal

The film:

Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman / Canada / 1992 / 84 ' / English

This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. FORBIDDEN LOVE brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet.

The book:

FORBIDDEN LOVE - A Queer Film Classic
Jean Bruce and Gerda Cammaer

A Queer Film Classic on the 1992 Canadian feature documentary subtitled "The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives": a film on lesbian experience from the 1940s to the 1960s as seen through the lens of lesbian pulp fiction. The film interweaves an historical dramatization with interviews with women who speak frankly about their experiences living as lesbians in times when they could not be out, as well as with Ann Bannon, the American writer who wrote lesbian pulp fiction novels from 1957 to 1962 known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. This award-winning movie, directed by Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, ended up as the most successful ever produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and became emblematic of the bold new queer cinema of the early 1990s. In 2014, the NFB re-released the film in a digitally remastered version. Jean Bruce and Greta Cammaer's book examines the historical context and critical reception of this important film.

QUEER FILM CLASSICS is a critically acclaimed series that launched in 2009, edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays, covering some of the most important and influential films about and/or by LGBT people made between 1950 and 2005, and written by leading LGBT film scholars and critics.