James Holmes

Have a Kiki with a Brief History of Gay Film

Filed By James Holmes | July 18, 2012 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Boys In the Band, Female Trouble, Lets Have A Kiki, Lisztomania, Nine to Five, Paris is Burning, Saturday Night Fever, Scissor Sisters, Showgirls

Paris-Is-Burning.jpgBil posted this video in June, but if you missed it - in this unofficial video created by club promoter Videodrome Discotheque of the Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have a Kiki," we get a visual mash-up of some great gay and camp classics.

Seems the Scissor Sisters themselves have endorsed the video with Jake Shears tweeting, "I am obsessed with your video. It is one of the best things I've ever seen. Thank you thank you thank you. Fking killed it."

Will this soon become the official video?

The song is addictive enough as is, but the video is a great overview of movies every person, gay or straight, should see - mixed in with TV, old and new (RuPaul's Drag Race).

Some are more camp than gay, some are just musicals (doesn't automatically make it gay), and others are serious contributions to gay history.

I've done my best to give you a quick round-up of some of the movies presented with the help of IMDB, but there are more than a few I do not recognize - please fill me in if you can.

I'm skipping the TV, and sticking with film, so feel free to take that on in the comments.

Check out the video and the list of movies after the jump. Any favorites I missed? Any that I misidentified?

  • Paris Is Burning (1990) - "A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality."
  • The Apple (1980) - "Musical set in the 'future', e.g. 1994. A young couple enters the world of the music industry, but also the world of drugs."
  • Boys In the Band (1970) - "Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party."
  • Lisztomania (1975) - "A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow composer Richard Wagner."
  • Grease (1978) - "Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?"
  • Female Trouble (1974) - "A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitchhiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes."
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977) - "A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor."
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) - "A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends."
  • The Wiz (1978) - "An adaption of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience."
  • Showgirls (1995) - "A young drifter, named Nomi, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls."
  • Nine to Five (1980) - "Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him."
  • Thank God It's Friday (1978) - "It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd shows up with the instruments and Nicole dreams of becoming a disco star."
  • Can't Stop the Music (1980) - "This is a Pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People."
  • Valley of the Dolls (1967) - "Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business."

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