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The call for dialogue from US lawmakers who urged Washington to “urgently engage with Russia,” after President Putin presented new advanced Russian arms, seems to be a step towards policy change, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said. An Islamic school teacher in France has been sentenced to one year in jail for brutally beating his 12-year-old student and for shaving off the boy’s “non-Koranic” hair, which was colored blonde. Russian doctors have conducted the first test of a new, Russia-developed robot that can assist complicated surgeries. A pig suffering from a uterine tumor became its first patient and, as a result, can now become pregnant. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has revealed an unexpected side of his character to Southern negotiators in Pyongyang. Rolling out snacks and wine for them, he reportedly cracked jokes about himself. A woman and three children were killed as militants opened fire on civilians to prevent them leaving Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian SANA news agency reports. The victims were attempting to escape via a safe passage. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said there should be an investigation into the massive airstrikes on residential areas in Syria’s Raqqa. Putin pointed out that the dead are still unburied and corpses are lying in the ruins. Readers of a certain age will, at some point in their lives, have become so frustrated trying to solve the classic 80s Rubik’s Cube puzzle that they’ve flung it against a wall. This video finally offers some payback. Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed he doesn’t follow Donald Trump’s Twitter. In his latest interview with NBC, Putin said he has “other means” of doing things, describing Trump as a “more modern individual.” An Islamic school teacher in France has been sentenced to one year in jail for brutally beating his 12-year-old student and for shaving off the boy’s “non-Koranic” hair, which was colored blonde. Four people were injured as Indian authorities spent hours trying to tranquilize and capture, with a fishnet, a wild leopard that had strayed into a residential area. The first group of militants have surrendered their arms and left East Ghouta as an increasing number of rebel fighters in Syria seek to disassociate themselves from Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, the Russian military has announced. Russian doctors have conducted the first test of a new, Russia-developed robot that can assist complicated surgeries. A pig suffering from a uterine tumor became its first patient and, as a result, can now become pregnant. Hackers who caused a tech meltdown at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic opening ceremony, leaving many spectators unable to print their tickets, have been subjected to an in-depth probe by cyber security ‘experts’. Spain`s Civil Guard has arrested five people and seized 150,000 euro as part of a probe dubbed `Operation Doner Halal.` The investigation targeted a gang which allegedly ran a money-laundering scheme through a kebab business. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has revealed an unexpected side of his character to Southern negotiators in Pyongyang. Rolling out snacks and wine for them, he reportedly cracked jokes about himself.
My current trip to Colombia has inspired me to want to visit some more “off the beaten” path places. Not that Cartagena or Bogota are really “off the beaten path,” but rather they’re not tourist hotspots for Americans. In other words, they’re not Rome, Paris, or Bangkok. One country which has always intrigued me is Russia, though I’ve never really had the desire to visit. I also realize it’s not exactly the most progressive country on earth, though I figure you generally learn more from visiting places which are outside your comfort zone, rather than places with similar cultures. While most of my travel is planned last minute, I’d love to plan a trip to Russia for summer, given that the weather is best that time of year. Furthermore, I’ll need a visa for Russia, so I should plan in advance since I realize it can take a while to get that processed. I’ve been looking at the various options for booking award tickets to Russia. It’s generally not a bad place to redeem miles to, given that Western Russia is considered to be part of Europe on most airline award charts, even though it’s quite a ways from Western Europe. With that in mind, I figured I’d explain my thought process as I begin planning: Unarguably the most comfortable way to get to Moscow is in Singapore Airlines first class , as they fly between Houston and Moscow. Given the economies in both Houston and Moscow, first class award availability is wide open in the market. The redemption value is fantastic as well — Singapore KrisFlyer charges 57,375 miles for one-way first class between Houston and Moscow, plus about $200 each way in taxes and carrier imposed surcharges. KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferrable points currencies, including Citi ThankYou , so these points should be quite easy to come by. Aeroflot flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Moscow, and they operate the route with their Boeing 777-300ERs , which features decent fully flat business class seats, similar to business class on American’s A321s , Qatar’s A320s , and Air China’s 777s . Award availability is quite good, and my initial thought was to redeem miles for one-way business class on Aeroflot. That’s because Singapore Airlines obviously has a better onboard product, but I also wanted to review Aeroflot, so figured I’d fly them in one direction. Delta SkyMiles charges 62,500 miles plus ~$200 in carrier imposed surcharges for the one-way ticket in Aeroflot business class. On one hand it sort of kills me to pay more for Aeroflot business class than Singapore Airlines first class, but at the same time I know Aeroflot would be more interesting to you guys. But is there a better value? I actually thought the above two values were quite good to begin with, but then I remembered something. Korean Air SkyPass is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, and points transfer at a 1:1 ratio. I’ve written extensively about Korean Air SkyPass , and in particular about the value of redeeming Korean Air miles for Korean Air first class , given how readily available award space is. You can also redeem Korean Air SkyPass miles on partner airlines, though the “catch” is that you can only do so for roundtrip tickets. I remembered that Korean Air charges just 80,000 miles for roundtrip business class between the US and Europe: Then I checked their regions chart, and confirmed that West Russia counts as Europe: Usually the downside to redeeming Korean Air miles for transatlantic business class is the carrier imposed surcharges. For example, Delta, Air France, KLM, etc., charge $850+ in carrier imposed surcharges for a roundtrip transatlantic business class ticket: However, Aeroflot only charges less than half that for transatlantic business class, which you’d also pay on an award with Delta SkyMiles anyway, since Delta passes on Aeroflot surcharges on award tickets: There’s another benefit — Korean Air allows stopovers on award tickets. So for 80,000 SkyPass miles and ~$400 in carrier imposed surcharges I could book Los Angeles to Moscow, have a stopover, then book Moscow to St. Petersburg, stay there, and then book St. Petersburg to Moscow to Los Angeles. In terms of value it’s tough to argue with that. Not only is the redemption cost super low, but with the free stopover Korean Air allows, you’re basically getting that Moscow to St. Petersburg flight included on the award at no additional cost. Redemption values to Russia are actually much better than I was expecting. Deciding how to book a ticket there is really an exercise in marginal value. On one hand, flying Singapore Airlines first class to Moscow seems like a no brainer. At the same time, I’d like to review Aeroflot business class. But that Aeroflot award would cost me 62,500 SkyMiles one-way, and I’d have to pay for the flight between Moscow and St. Petersburg after my stopover. For an extra 17,500 miles I could simply book Aeroflot business class both ways and include my flight between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Which option would you go with for redeeming miles to Russia?
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis. The story of the blood gladiator slave Spartacus, the woman who believed in his cause, and the powerful Roman general who challenged his convictions. Set against the background of Imperial Rome, this is an inspirational true account of man`s eternal struggle for freedom. Often cited for a number of gay subtexts (the relationship between Tony Curtis and Olivier characters for e.g.), Spartacus was one of the last Hollywood films to have homosexuality removed from its script by the Hollywood Code. Dalton Trumbo`s screenplay contained a scene between Crassius (Laurence Olivier) and his young slave (Tony Curtis), in which the older man subtly establishes his bisexuality (the infamous "oysters and snails" dialog - SEE below). When the film was rereleased in theaters and on video in 1994, the cut portions were restored. DVD 2088 (fully restored widescreen version); DVD 261; VHS 999:179 Crassus: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral? Crassus: Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn`t it? Crassus: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals. Antoninus: It could be argued so, master. Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters. A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) (Italy | Canada, 1977) Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Francoise Berd, Nicole Magny, Patrizia Basso, Tiziano De Persio, Maurizio Di Paolantonio, Antonio Garibaldi, Vittorio Guerrieri, and Alessandra Mussolini. The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. 105 min. DVD X3351 Directed by Eusebio Pastrana. Cast: Alejandro Tous, Olav Fernandez, Zoraida Kroley, Agustín Ruíz, Eduardo Velasco. Garate and Omar are a gay couple looking for a woman to mother their child. The obstacles they face are often realistic, yet their story also presents a utopian vision of a world in which all couples, whether gay or straight can reside happily within the spectrum of the modern family. 95 min. DVD X7024 Directed by Nigel Finch. Cast: Guillermo Diaz, Frederick Weller, Duane Boutte, Bruce MacVittie, Brendan Corbalis. Who could have guessed that a bunch of men in dresses would breath life into the movement to win equal rights for gay men and lesbians? Certainly not the police who raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular "drag" bar in Greenwich Village. After a long history of police raids, extortion, and brutality, a gaggle of drag queens at the Stonewall decide they have had enough and begin to riot when the police try to load them into a paddy wagon. Told by "La Miranda" (Hector), a regular customer at the Stonewall Inn, the film is a recounting of events that led up to that fateful day in 1969. "Matty Dean" is the handsome angry young man that La Miranda meets at the Stonewall one day and with whom she/he quickly falls in love. "Bostonia" is the self-styled Queen Mother of the drag queens and guides each initiate gently "into the life." Her lover, Vinnie, is the closeted proprietor of the Stonewall. His tragic response to the suffocation he feels bearing down on him from a homophobic world -- perhaps as much as anything else -- sparks the riots. This is the Stonewall Riots "As Told By La Miranda". [from Internet Movie Database] 99 min. DVD X4847; vhs 999:1624 Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker. Guy Haines, a tennis star, who hates his estranged wife and wants to be free to marry another woman, meets Bruno Anthony, who hates his father. Bruno has a chillingly simple plan: each could kill the other`s victim. No motive, no clues, nothing to link Guy and Bruno but a casual meeting of strangers on a train. "Bruno`s (Robert Walker) homosexuality emerged in terms that would be used increasingly throughout the Fifties to define gays as aliens. His coldness, his perverse imagination and an edge of elitist superiority made him an extension of the sophisticated but deadly sissy played by Clifton Web in Laura (see Video 999:678), Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon (see Video 999:17 ), and Martin Landau in North by Northwest (see Video 999:166)." (Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 94). DVD 458; VHS 999:256 Directed by Joseph Graham. Cast: Ben Bonenfant, Nick Frangione, Carlo D`Amore, Paul Gerrior, Artem Mishin, Michael Klinger, Raphael Barker. A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants. DVD X6523 Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (Cuba / Mexico / Spain, 1993) Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio. A naive young Cuban college student meets both a gay writer and a woman who teach him about the passion of life and the passion of love. DVD 7424 Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Matthew Modine, David Alan Grier, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Michael Wright, George Dzundza, Guy Boyd. On the eve of them being shipped off to war in Vietnam, four young army recruits are forced to confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it is learned that one of them is homosexual. Based on David Rabe`s play of the same title. 106 min. DVD X4846 Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge. Screenplay by Gore Vidal, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. A psychological drama about the effects of the sordid death of a man upon his cousin, whose life and sanity are endangered, and upon his mother, a wealthy New Orleans widow whose diseased adoration of her son draws her into his depravity. "In the January 1960 Films in Review, the critic Henry Hart...concluded that Suddenly, Last Summer `exposes clearly the foremost causes of homosexuality and...points to one of the horrible fates that can overtake this particular kind of pervert.`...In fact the `cause` of Sebastian`s homosexuality is certainly not explored in the film, which is concerned only with the effects of it--which are devastating to all. As for Sebastian`s particular fate, it is unlikely that many homosexuals have died at the hands of cannibalistic Spanish-speaking street children. More have died at the hands of `fag bashers` in American cities." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 118). DVD 7553; vhs 999:636 Ohi, Kevin. "Devouring Creation: Cannibalism, Sodomy, and the Scene of Analysis in Suddenly, Last Summer." Cinema Journal vol. 38 no. 3. 1999. pp: 27-49. Director, John Schlesinger. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton, Maurice Denham, Bessie Love, Vivian Pickles. The story of two Londoners coping with the noncommittal affections of the lover they have in common. Bob, a young designer unencumbered by any sense of guilt, shares his sexual favors equally between lovers of different sexes, a Jewish doctor and a lady executive. 110 min. DVD 1890 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction; Best Actress (Glenda Jackson); Best Actor (Peter Finch) National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Peter Finch) Brooker-Bowers, Nancy. John Schlesinger : a guide to references and resources Boston : G. K. Hall, c1978. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 S3374; MOFF: PN1998.A3 S3374) Gilliatt, Penelope. Sunday bloody Sunday : the original screenplay of the John Schlesinger film : with an introductory essay, "Making Sunday bloody Sunday" New York : Dodd, Mead, c1986. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .P2852; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P2852 Mann, William J. Edge of midnight : the life of John Schlesinger (MAIN: PN1998.3.S34 M36 2004) Phillips, Gene D. John Schlesinger Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1981 (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .P2852; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P2852) Gilliatt, Penelope. Sunday bloody Sunday : the original screenplay of the John Schlesinger film : with an introductory essay, "Making Sunday bloody Sunday" / by Penelope Gilliatt. New York : Dodd, Mead, c1986. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .S8331 1986) Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Cast: Bruce LaBruce, Liza LaMonica, Mikey Mike, Klaus von Brucker, Chris Teen, Dirty Pillows, Buddy Cole, Ben Weasel, Amy Nitrate, Vaginal Creme Davis, Richard Kern. A vaguely autobiographical look at a director of gay films whose career is in decline. The "creator" of the films is the artistically affected Googie. Most of her scenes end in blackouts of Bruce LaBruce, his former lovers, and his lesbian punkette buddies Wednesday and Jane Friday. There are also numerous clips of Bruce`s porn films and clips from Googie`s own attempt at experimental filmmaking. 106 min. 999:3482 Directed by Tom Kalin. Cast: Craig Chester, Daniel Schlachet, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm, Ron Vawter. A film noir "thriller" that presents the true case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, brilliant young men from good Jewish families, who were convicted for murdering a 13-year-old boy. Some of the basic features of this story were also used in Hitchcock`s 1948 film, Rope 93 min. DVD X791 Taboo (Gohatto) (France / UK / Japan, 1999) Director, Nagisa Oshima. Cast: Beat Takeshi, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano, Yoichi Sai. Set in Kyoto in the spring of 1865 ... Those hoping to be chosen as new samurai recruits must face off against the best man in the militia, Soji Okita ....only two are chosen: Hyozo Tashiro, a low-level samurai from the Kurume clan, and Sozaburo Kano, a bewitching young man to whom Tashiro is immediately attracted. 100 min. DVD 2221 Tales of the City (TV, 1994) Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Laura Linney, Marcus D`Amico, William Campbell, Thomas Gibson, Paul Gross, Barbara Garrick, Chloe Webb. In this chronicle of San Francisco in the 1970s, the carefree chaos revolves around the funky old apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane where landlady Anna Madrigal welcomes tenants by taping homegrown joints to their doors and presides over their lives with an almost maternal affection. Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin. 300 min. DVD X22 [More] Tales of the City (TV, 1998) Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Colin Ferguson, William Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Pual Hopkins, Nina Siemaszko, Jackie Burroughs, Whip Hubley, Diana LeBlanc, Franoise Robertson, Domini Blythe, Swoosie Kurtz, Thomas Gibson. Brought to life is San Francisco in the 1970`s. The quirky lovelorn tenants of 28 Barbary Lane are following their fortunes and follies under the watchful eye of their maternal landlady. Intersecting lives, gleeful coincidences and innocent raunch are all part of the fun. Special features: Running commentary by Armistead Maupin, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick and Laura Linney; deleted scenes, behind the scenes rehearsal and filming footage, production and props photo gallery, From the page, the 28 Barbary Lane set, cast and production bios. 290 min. DVD X23 [Further] Tales of the City (TV, 2001) Cast: Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Billy Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Jackie Burroughs, Mary Kay Place, Bruce McCulloch, Diana Leblanc. Originally broadcast on Showtime in 2001. An apartment house in San Francisco during the 1970s is the setting for all kinds of human interplay, at a time "when our hearts were young, and our mood rings were blue." Special features: in-depth interviews, selected scenes with commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, alternate scenes, trailers, styles from the 70s & 80s. 323 min. DVD X24 Writer/director, Frank Ripploh. Autobiographical film of a homosexual school teacher adventuring in the Berlin underworld, to the detriment of his one "meaningful relationship." Promiscuity develops and results in a blow-up. 92 min. DVD X984; vhs 999:979 Harper, P.B. "Playing in the Dark: Privacy, Public Sex, and the Erotics of the Cinema Venue." Camera Obscura /30, May 93; p.92- Sutton, M. "Encounter with Frank Ripploh." (Interview). Films & Filming /329, Feb 82; p.18-19. illus. German writer/director/actor F.R. talks about making his film "Taxi zum Klo", and the success he has now achieved. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews. Drama about a teenaged boy at a New England boarding school who is wrongly accused of homosexuality. The wife of a housemaster offers the boy her understanding and love when she finds that he is deeply troubled about the accusations and is questioning himself. Based on the play by Robert Anderson. 123 min. DVD X5535; DVD X4799; vhs 999:1431 Children (1976, 44 min.) -- Madonna and child (1980, 26 min.) -- Death and transfiguration (1983, 24 min.). Cast: Phillip Maudsely, Robin Hooper, Terry O`Sullivan, Wilfrid Brambell, Iain Munro, Valerie Lilley, Sheila Raynor, Jeanne Doree, Lisa Parker, Nick Stringer. Each of three short films represents a stage in the life of a gay Liverpudlian clerk, from boyhood to death bed. Filmmaker Terence Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter-ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age, and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experience and impressions. DVD X6268 Animated short created and voiced by Lenny Bruce, about the Lone Ranger as a smart-mouthed homosexual Jew who wants Tonto to perform an unnatural act. DVD 2444 (Cartoon Scandals); also included in Lenny Bruce Performance Film Video/C 2903 Directed by Paul Bogart. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin. A gay man in New York searches for love, respect, and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold`s hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold`s greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. 120 min. DVD X1157 Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May. The story of the troubled world of gay and lesbian teenagers who hang around empty parking structures and deserted car washes and agonize about drugs, sex, dating, suicide, violence, family and gay identity. 85 min. DVD X4295; vhs 999:3363 Araki, Gregg. The living end : an irresponsible movie ; Totally f***ed up : a screenplay / by Gregg Araki. New York : Morrow, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3551.R27 L58 1994) Moran, James M. "Gregg Araki: Guerrilla Film-Maker for a Queer Generation." Film Quarterly Oct 1996, Vol. 50, No. 1: 18-26. Touch of Pink (Canada / UK, 2003) Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. Cast: Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Suleka Mathew, Kristen Holden-Reid, Veena Sood, Brian George, Liisa Repo-Martell, Raoul Bhaneja. Alim seems to have it all: a great career, a handsome boyfriend, and a personal guide in the spirit of Cary Grant. Living thousands of miles from his mother Nuru and his family in Toronto, he can keep his lifestyle hidden. But when Alim`s conservative mom decides to pay an impromptu visit, with the intention of dragging her son to a big fat monsoon wedding and getting him matched up with a "nice girl," the spirit of Cary Grant suddenly becomes indispensable. 91 min. DVD 3430 Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geri Miller, Bruce Pecheur, Michael Sklar. The story of Joe and his lover-protector, Holly, who try to make a go of things in their lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe`s journeys are in search of real junk. 110 min. DVD 5906 Tropical Malady (Sud pralad) (Thailand, 2004) Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Banlop Lomnoi, Sirivech Jareonchon. Times are happy and love is uncomplicated for young Thai soldier Keng and country boy Tong. Pleasant evenings with Tong`s family, song-filled nights in town. Then life is disrupted by a disappearance. And some kind of wild beast has been slaughtering cows. Local legends say a human can somehow be transformed into another creature. The soldier goes alone into the heart of the jungle in search of Tong. 118 min. DVD 7546 Directed by Jon Matthews. Cast: Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Matt Keeslar, Samuel Ball. In a film that recalls the edgy, aggressively-political qualities of early 90`s queer cinema, Charlie is losing control of his life after the loss of his longtime companion Chris. Alone in his apartment, he can hear his upstairs neighbors engage in lovemaking that leaves him lonely and frustrated. He wanders the streets of Manhattan and later, at a bar with the amorous couple, the trio get into a loud, ugly argument about public displays of affection. Charlie notices a mysterious, tattooed stranger and the two exchange looks. Intrigued, Charlies sets out looking for the man and launches himself on a nightmarish journey through the underside of New York. He happens upon an increasingly odd array of people, each telling progressively more bizarre tales that are purportedly true. 105 min. DVD 1863 Giltz, Michael. "Gay-acting straight man: with Angels in America, Urbania, and now Will & Grace, playing gay just comes naturally to Dan Futterman. (Cover Story)." Directed by Basil Dearden. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls, Peter Copley, Norman Bird. A highly respected, but closeted barrister, Melville Farr, risks his marriage and reputation to take on an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men with the threat of public exposure and police action. Widely regarded as the film that provoked the British parliament to begin amending its laws against homosexual acts. 100 min. DVD 1613 Burton, Alan. The cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph / Alan Burton and Tim O`Sullivan. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.D3855 B87 2009) Dux, Sally. "Allied Film Makers: Crime, Comedy and Social Concern." Journal of British Cinema & Television; 2012, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p198-213, 16p Liberal directions : Basil Dearden and postwar British film culture / edited by Alan Burton, Tim O`Sullivan and Paul Wells. Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England : Flicks Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.D387 L53 1997) McLaughlin, Eugene. "Surviving After Ealing: The Later Careers of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Jan2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p65-71, 7p A Virus Knows No Morals (Ein Virus Kennt Keine Moral) (West Germany, 1985) Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Dieter Dicken, Maria Hasenacker, Christian Kesten, Eva Kurz, Rosa von Praunheim, Regina Rudnick. An irreverent black comedy on the AIDS crisis. Nurses on the night shift roll dice to see which AIDS patient will die next; the owner of a gay bathhouse gets Kaposi`s Sarcoma but tries to keep his mind on profits; an epidemic victim is harassed by a reporter on his death bed and sticks her with a contaminated syringe; the government opens a quarantine called Hell Gay Land and gay terrorists kidnap the Minister of Health. 84 min. 999:2892 Vive l`Amour (Ai qing wan sui) (Taiwan, 1994) Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Yang Kui-mei, Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung. Drama without dialog takes place in Taipei, Taiwan where a strange love triangle develops between a chic, seductive real estate agent, a street merchant and a shy, gay man who spies on the couple`s trysts. 118 min. DVD 4886 Directed by Eytan Fox. Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gidon Shemer, Sivan Sasson, Eyal Rozales, Yousef (Joe) Sweid. While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is ordered to assassinate a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of conscience after he befriends the target`s gay grandson. 103 min. DVD X1940 Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d`eau sur pierres brûlantes) (France, 2000) Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Ludivine Sagnier, Anna Thompson. A young man, who is sexually confused, falls in love with an older man. When his ex-fiance comes to see him he needs to decide who he loves more. Unable to cope, he decides to take drastic measures. Based on the play "Tropfen auf Heisse Steine" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 81 min. DVD X4257 Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen)(Taiwan / USA, 1993) Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian american and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents` matchmaking by announcing that he`s engaged. What he doesn`t count on is that they`ll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials. 109 min. DVD 2727; VHS 999:1495 Directed by Tom Gustafson. Cast: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy Mclane, Jill Larson. When Timothy (Cohen) is cast as Puck in A midsummer`s night`s dream, the young gay man stumbles upon a secret love-potion recipe hidden in the script. He creates comic chaos as he turns much of his narrow-minded town gay, starting with the rugby jock of his dreams. 95 min. DVD X3583 Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux sauvages) (France, 1994) Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Gael Morel, Stephane Rideau, Frederic Gorny. A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young Francois is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend Maite. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart. 110 min. DVD 1864 Wilde (UK / Germany / Japan, 1997) Directed by Brian Gilbert. Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave. Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde devours all that life has to offer, but there`s only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature. Special features: Original featurette "Simply Wilde"; new, exclusive to DVD featurette "Still Wilde about Wilde"; the complete content of the official Wilde website; photo montage; theatrical trailers; filmographies; production notes. 116 min. DVD X4334