Traditionally France has been seen as one of the most liberal countries in the world, and films about the sexual development of boys boasts an enviable record on gay rights, despite the occasional rantings from Brigitte Bardot. But has this homofriendly attitude translated to its cinema?
Each of the recommendations included here is available to view in the UK. Good question, as French cinema is particularly strong on sapphic cinema. UK, but hopefully a list will appear in the future. His only venture into film was never meant to be seen outside of a small clique of intellectuals, yet has since been restored and released on DVD.
It’s a heady fantasy set in a men’s prison, where passion, longing and sexual desire infiltrate every cell. Its scenes of nudity and masturbation lead to numerous bans and cuts over the decades. Ironically, its most celebrated erotic sequences involves two clothed men who never touch, as one blows cigarettes smoke through the cell wall into the mouth of his neighbour. Jean Cocteau is another major figure in LGBT history. Greek myth of Orpheus, set in contemporary Paris. Cocteau casts his former lover Jean Marais as Orphée, who attracts the romantic interests of a woman in black, soon revealed to be Death.