Join us for a series of cult classics, selected by Bjarne Melgaard, on the occasion of The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment.
Avant-garde director Rainer Werner Fassbinder adapts Jean Genet’s 1947 novel Querelle de Brest in Querelle (1982), his final film before his passing. This surrealistic, campy film centers on the young sailor Georges Querelle, who finds himself in a mess of murder, sex and questionable love. When the film debuted in 1982, The New York Times stated, “For something that might be called a Fassbinder-Genet joint venture, Querelle is exceedingly discreet, resolutely unshocking and unprovocative.”
While the film received mixed reviews, its success hinged on presenting “an uncompromising portrayal of gay male sensibility from a major filmmaker,” as noted by film critic Penny Ashbrook in her 1993 publication, The Sexual Imagination: From Acker to Zola.