Un chant d’amour

I feel more than a bit under-qualified to comment on Un chant d’amour.  I know little about LGBT cinema and nothing about Jean Genet, outside of what I’ve read following my viewing.

Despite my ignorance, Un chant d’amour speaks on a very basic level that needs no research to understand.  Banned as obscene and pornographic, the 1950 short film was smuggled to the United States in pieces, hidden in a traveler’s clothing.

Un chant d’amour is erotic, but not arousing.  (at least, not to me)  It vividly communicates love and lust in a way that crosses sexual boundaries.  I may not share Genet’s love of the young actor, but I understand it, at least in part.

For those interested in the intellectual context, jim’s film website has the best essay I could find on the film.

You can view it in its entirety for free online at http://www.ubu.com/film/genet.html

Un chant d’amour is #542 on the Top 1000 Films listTop 1000 Films list I’m working on.  I’ve now seen 353.


About Adam Call Roberts

I live in the beautiful Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. I'm counting down through the list of 1,000 Greatest Films. Follow my journey here. I'm also a genealogy buff, and I blog about my family history.
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