You don’t have to go out of your way to celebrate the contributions that queer people have made to world cinema; film history is unavoidably, ineradicably, and undeniably queer. But those contributions haven’t always been out in the open, so because it’s Pride Month, we’re spotlighting some of the most brazenly, brilliantly queer movies we can think of, with films from Todd Haynes, Derek Jarman, Yvonne Rainer, and other marvelous mavericks.
Szabó’s historical drama follows the rise of Alfred Redl (a riveting Klaus Maria Brandeur) through the ranks of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s army before the outbreak of WWI.
Intimate portraits of gay artists and drag performers talking about gender, identity, and the fine lines that surround them.
A lonely teenage boarder falls for her teacher in Leontine Sagan’s pioneering all-female cast lesbian romance.
Rainer’s last feature is also one of her most personal, inspired by the lows and highs of a breast cancer diagnosis in the early 1990s, and the surprise of a burgeoning lesbian relationship.
A landmark of New Queer Cinema, Todd Haynes’s first feature is a trio of intercut stories inspired by the patron saint of all queer outlaw art, Jean Genet.
Shirley Clarke's documentary portrait of Jason Holliday, a gay, African American cabaret dancer, part-time hustler, and full-time raconteur.