David Ehrenstein

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  • 11 years ago | Film and TV

    Furtive anonymous sex and deep psychological insight don't usually accompany one another -- except in the writings of John Rechy and Irving Rosenthal. But they most certainly do in Porn Theatre, writer-director-actor Jacques Nolot's uncannily subt...

  • 13 years ago | Film and TV

    The past is a foreign country -- they do things differently there." So goes the immortal line from The Go-Between. And in the brilliant new documentary The Cockettes, that "foreignness" comes through stronger than ever, even for those who lived th...

  • 14 years ago | Film and TV

    If you were to hear that Our Lady of the Assassins is one of the most genuinely shocking films you'll ever see, what would that suggest to you? Some new level of extreme violence and explicit sex, no doubt. But that's not what's at play in this ee...

  • 14 years ago | Film and TV

    Times certainly have changed. Twenty years ago, a musical about an East German transsexual rock singer would have premiered in one of New York's Off-Off Broadway theaters or cabarets, run for a couple of weeks and remained the pleasant memory of a...

  • 14 years ago | Film and TV

    After winning five separate Audience Awards and other honors at various gay and lesbian film festivals over the past year, Thomas Bezucha's Big Eden has finally opened in general release. You don't have to be an expert on the history of gay cinema...

  • 14 years ago | Film and TV

    That anyone should consider making a film of Reinaldo Arenas's memoir, Before Night Falls, is curious. That the person to do it should be painter-turned-film-director Julian Schnabel is truly unusual. And that the results should be as good as they...