Quite hard (emphasis exactly where you think the emphasis should go) to believe but I have still never seen João Pedro Rodrigues' first film O Fantasmo from the year 2000 -- I loved his 2016 film The Ornithologist (Paul Hamy forever) so much you'd think I'd have doubled back, but double back I did not. I was reminded of this fact twice this week -- first when a friend saw Rodrigues' newest latest gay gay gayest movie Will-o'-the-Wisp at Cannes and told me to look out for it...
listed among the movies that my beloved Quad Cinema here in NYC is screening for Pride Month as part of their "Pride Rewind: Queer Cinematic Landmarks and Breakthroughs" series taking place all June. Check out that line-up here.
1975's Saturday Night at the Baths which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. By which I mean "right up my alley." So have you seen O Fantasma or Saturday Night at the Baths? Tell me about them in the comments please, while my brain wanders off to think about Stranger at the Lake again...
I had O Fantasma on DVD - it's a wild trip -- and very hot. Definitely check it out!
O Phantasm is on criterion app. I saw it. It is sexy. I liked it. Reminded me of the 90's indie flick Trans, which was not about what you would think.
O Fantasmo: Sexy, weird, dark, recommended.
Our man in Cannes, Cedric, has seen Will-o'-the-Wisp, gave it 4 1.2 stars, and wants it to win the Queer Palme.
O Fantasmo is so horny and incredible. WATCH IT NOW.
I saw O Fantasmo when it was out in cinemas. I was only 21, hungry for different forms of cinema but still a baby cinephile. I thought I hated the film, especialy the last third. But boy, did that film grow on me! I've never seen it again but I would consider it as one of my top 10 favorite endings of all time. Enjoy. Don't read about it if possible going in.
O Fantasmo is so good. The director is very good at titillating films. Every time I see O Fantasmo it gets better. I always chuckle with the guy of obsession is tossed out the second story window and dies. I wonder what would have happened if he didn't. Digging through trash for a worn out Speedo, sniffing the motorcycle seat - then the mental collapse of scrounging in the trash heap. Maybe Criterion will put this out as the director's films are mostly Region 2 or out of print.
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