Review: New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut

New Queer Cinema: The Director's CutNew Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut by B. Ruby Rich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful analysis and collective reflection on a number of GLBTQ films in a collection of essays by B. Ruby Rich. This was a particularly eye opening read for me because, even with being passionate about film in multiple dimensions, I wasn’t aware of the extensive history of queer film, nor did I know about the movement known as NQC, or New Queer Cinema as the author terms it. There are many facets to this particular guide, discussing the chronological history of the movement as well as social and economic impacts of many films, roles in shaping the history and influence of gay and lesbian portrayals in film, and how that paved the way for other films in the present day to come to terms. I also really appreciated the multicultural focus this narrative had with respect to portrayals of NQC, from domestic portrayals from POC GLBTQ film portrayals to those abroad, particularly with an entire section dedicated to Queer film in Latin America. The end of the narrative provides a full filmography listing for reference as well as a bibliography for future reference and research. I would definitely recommend this narrative as it’s perhaps the most comprehensively written collection of essays I’ve perused on the subject.

Overall score: 4/5

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Duke University Press.

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