Pride: the 5 films that celebrate the universal love

Pride: the 5 films that celebrate the universal love

Giulia Guido · 1 year ago · Art

My Beautiful Laundrette

Omar, a young Pakistani, manages to convince his uncle to let him run his old laundry. Johnny, played by a young Daniel Day-Lewis, helps him with the renovation and start-up of his new business. Their friendship will soon turn into a love story told with simplicity, without great romantic gestures, without epic scenes, but with the same shamelessness that has a love that is forced to grow in a context in which it is hardly contemplated. 

My Beautiful Laundrette, outré to deal with the theme of homosexual love, gives us a glimpse of London during the Thatcher government and of the life of the Pakistani community in the capital. 

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my beautuful laundrette pride film | Collater.al

Milk

We can’t help but mention Milk, the biographical film about the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly declared gay man to hold a public office in America. The director is played by Sean Penn, who, thanks to his extraordinary performance, won the Oscar for Best Actor. 

The strength of this film lies in the choice of director Gus Van Sant to focus not only on the private life of the protagonist but to emphasize and recreate the American political atmosphere of the ’70s, witnessing a period of social change and ideologies. 

“His life changed history. His courage changed lives.”

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milk pride film | Collater.al

The Danish Girl 

We continue with another biographical film that tells a story even before that of Milk. We are in the 1920s in Denmark and follow the story of Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander). Their marriage, and their lives, change when she asks her husband to pose for a painting instead of a dancer. It is at this moment that Einar understands that something in him is changing, indeed, that something that has always been latent in the depths of his heart is surfacing. 

Einar Wegener is the first person in history to be identified as a transsexual, in fact, after 5 operations (in the film they are less) and lengthy negotiations, she was officially recognized by the state as a woman, or as Lili Elbe. 

The Danish Girl is a must-see, both for its important history and for the brilliant performance of both leading actors. 

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Call Me By Your Name

What list would you be without Call Me By Your Name? The film that won Italian director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino an Oscar for Best Non-original Screenplay. This is perhaps the film that took the theme of homosexual love to another level. That between Elio and Oliver is a love story told without stereotypes and with simplicity, a summer love capable of upsetting an entire life. 

Call Me By Your Name to see for dozens and dozens of reasons, from the perfection of the script to the fantastic Italian landscapes that frame it, to the heartfelt and profound interpretations of both Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. 

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Brokeback Mountain

Let’s close with a beautiful story of troubled and suffering love, that between Ennis and Jack, which makes Brokeback Mountain one of the best movies that deal with the theme of homosexual love. 

The strength of this film is to tell a love story, with its obstacles and its romantic moments, but also to set the whole story during the ’60s, in Wayoming and play on the contrast between the common thought of society at that time and the feelings between the two protagonists. 

We are not saying that the film has been a huge success among the public, making it one of those masterpieces always current and that never go out of fashion, but also a great critical success, coming to win three Oscars. 

If we have not yet managed to convince you, maybe the names of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger will do so. 

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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was February 16, 1990, when one of the most influential and emblematic contemporary artists died prematurely, ripped from life by AIDS. This year, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Keith Haring‘s death, the BBC has produced a film that retraces the artist’s story. 

Titled Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the film recounts in just under an hour and a half some of the most emblematic episodes and encounters in Haring’s life. The works are interwoven with images, interviews with Keith himself and unpublished footage from the archives of the Haring Foundation and made available to the BBC. 

Through the artist’s life is also told the New York of the 80s and 90s, the art and creativity that exploded at every corner, but also AIDS and fear. 

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy is directed by Ben Anthony and was broadcast for the first time on the BBC Two channel on July 4th, but you can watch it again on the BBC streaming site, iPlayer

This fascinating and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. 

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“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Inspired by the great couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Leon Keer, one of the most important artists in the world of anamorphic street art, has recently created “Safe House”.

His latest work presents a gift box in trompe l’oeil on the tympanum of a building.
“It is not obvious for everyone to have a roof over their head, your home is precious and gives you comfort and protection, a gift for the necessary needs of life.”

“Safe House” is a packaged house, artfully crafted with a great optical illusion is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was made for MX29 Graffiti Tour 2020 organized by Ateliers du Graff.
The Dutch artist wants us to reflect on the importance of having a roof over our heads, something that we very often take for granted, but which, as he says, is fundamental.

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Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Art

In the heart of Trastevere, more precisely in Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, on the corner of Via dei Fienaroli, the Roman neighborhood where Ennio Morricone was born and grew up, a new mural dedicated to him stands out since yesterday.
It is the work of the prolific street artist Harry Greb, who is no stranger to this type of tribute. Over the years, in fact, he has titled walls to leading Italian figures of our times such as Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani and Rino Gaetano.

In Greb’s vision, Morricone looks fixedly at us through his glasses, with a luminous crown resting on his head, the Academy Honorary Award in his left hand and his right hand busy mimicking the gesture of silence.

The opera dedicated to the Roman composer appeared yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his death which shook the hearts of most.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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