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Short Film

Classic - Art House - Drama

France 1950 | 26 Min

Un Chant d'Amour

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The heat of a prison

Genre

Classic Art House Drama

Subjects

homosexuality lbgt sex prison

Language

French

Story

The plot is set in a French prison, where a prison guard takes voyeuristic pleasure in observing the prisoners perform masturbatory sexual acts. In two adjacent cells, there is an older Algerian-looking man and a tattooed convict in his twenties. The older man is in love with the younger one, rubbing himself against the wall and sharing his cigarette smoke with his beloved through a straw. The prison guard, apparently jealous of the prisoners' relationship, enters the older convict's cell, beats him, and makes him suck on his gun in a sexual fashion. Following this, the inmate drifts off into a fantasy where he and his object of desire roam the countryside. In the final scene, it becomes clear that the guard's power is no match for the intensity of attraction between the prisoners, even though their relationship is not consummated. Genet does not use dialogue in his film, but focuses instead on close-ups of bodies, on faces, armpits and penises. (Wikipedia)

Director

Jean Genet

Writer

Jean Genet

Cast

Bravo
Jean Genet
Java
Coco Le Martiniquais
André Reybaz
Lucien Sénémaud

Producers

Nico Papatakis

Cinematographer

Jean Cocteau, Jacques Natteau

Production Designer

Jean Genet

Editors

Jean Genet

Composer

Gavin Bryars, Patrick Nunn, Simon Fisher-Turner

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