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Film Night: 'Un Chant D'Amour' by Jean Genet - 13th January 2015

  • The Society Club 12 Ingestre Pl London, W1F 0JF United Kingdom (map)

The Society Club's first film night will commence with Jean Genet's brilliant "Un Chant D'Amour"

Jean Genet wrote and directed this, his only film, in 1950.  Jean Cocteau was believed to be the film's cinematographer. Set in a French Prison, this remarkable silent, poetic and intensely physical vision of homosexual desire reveals the recurrent themes that unite Genet's work. Because of its explicit (though artistically presented) homosexual content, the 26-minute movie was long banned.

When in 1966 distributor Sol Landau attempted to exhibit the film in Berkeley, California, he was informed by a member of the local police special investigations department that were he to continue screening it the film 'would be confiscated and the person responsible arrested.' The Alameda County Superior Court watched the film twice and declared that it 'explicitly and vividly revealed acts of masturbation, oral copulation, the infamous crime against nature [a euphemism for sodomy], voyeurism, nudity, sadism, masochism and sex...' The court rejected Landau's suit, further condemning the film as 'cheap pornography calculated to promote homosexuality, perversion and morbid sex practices.'

The showing will be preceded by a short and very naughty reading from Genet's novel Our Lady of the Flowers.