Criminal Desires: Jean Genet & Cinema (Persistence of Vision)

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Jean Genet, the French author notorious for his overt cele-bration of criminality and homosexuality, was also fascinated with cinema.

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His only film, Un Chant d'amour, made in 1950, was a poetic and sexually explicit visual paean to homosexual desire, the criminal impulse, and the power of the imagination. Banned on the grounds of obscenity, the film has since become a cause celebre of gay rights and freedom of expression, as well as being recognized as a masterpiece of underground cinema.

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Criminal Desires contains complete documentation of the making of Un Chant d'amour, including an illustrated shot-by-shot description, thematic analysis, and exhibition history.

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The book also documents:
? Genet's many other unfilmed screenplays.
? Film appearances by Genet himself.
? Screen adaptations of Genet's work made by other directors including Deathwatch, The Maids, Todd Haynes' 1, and Fassbinder's extraordinary and apocalyptic vision of Querelle.

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Illustrated throughout and featuring an introduction by acclaimed novelist and Genet biographer, Edmund White, Criminal Desires is a compelling induction into Jean Genet's underworld of prisons, voyeurism, and homosexual lust which starkly illuminates a fascinating zone of forbidden cinema.

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Jean Genet is a world-famous author and gay hero: This is the only book dealing specifically with his involvement with, and relationship to, cinema.
? Volume 2 in new quality Film Studies series: Persistence of Vision.
? Cover quotes from Edmund White, Derek Jarman and Marc Almond.
? Cross-over between cinema and gay markets.
? National press coverage, and full online promotion.

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Jane Giles is director of cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

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'Genet showed me that there were other worlds and alternative kinds of beauty.' - Marc Almond (cover quote)

'As the sole realisation of Genet's persistent love of the movies, Un Chant d'amour is an unclaimed pledge in the vast pawn shop of his imagination. Jane Giles has provided us with everything we need to know about his brilliant missed chance...This is an essential study of Genet and the cinema.' - Edmund White (Preface) -- Review

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