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A Song of Love

Un chant d'amour

Directed by Jean Genet
France, 1950
Short, Romance, Silent
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  • No subtitles


Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Our take

The controversial writer and outcast Jean Genet made only one film in his lifetime yet its impact on underground and independent filmmakers has been incalculable. This sexually graphic and profoundly liberating work, which was infamously declared obscene, is a poetic paean to homoerotic desire.

A Song of Love Directed by Jean Genet

Critics reviews

It is awash in overt gay horniness, the likes of which, over the last century of film, have appeared as rarely as a ghost orchid. Yet the explicitness of its imagery has perhaps overwhelmed discussion of its supple construction.
April 24, 2019
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