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1982’s controversial ‘Querelle’ creates a world drenched in homoeroticism

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Welcome back to our queer film retrospective, “A Gay Old Time.” This week, we continue our column’s Pride Month series—where we highlight a movie representing a different letter of the LGBTQ+ acronym—with “G” and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s homoerotic thriller Querelle.Queer culture and identity could easily be likened to its own nationality.

We have our own flag, a shared history with its annual holidays, figures we consider icons and heroes, several national anthems, and a vast collection of symbols, phrases, and images as complex as any language.

Subscribe to our newsletter for your front-row seat to all things entertainment with a sprinkle of everything else queer.One of the pillars of gay culture is our ability to immediately identify and connect with specific elements that speak to or about us across mediums.

This is especially true when it comes to the entertainment we love, which tends to be very fertile ground to showcase the things that bind us together.Sure, his looks very different under our various identities: lesbian identity and culture looks very different from gay identity, which looks very different from trans identity, and so on.

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