Today in proto-pornography: Jean Genet’s ‘Un Chant D’Amour’ (1950)

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Don’t let the release date fool you: it’s far hotter and sexier than you’d expect from something that debuted in 1950. It is not what I’d call safe for work — unless maybe you work for Athletic Model Guild.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-2191169673913401693&hl=en&fs=true

Of course, this film and a smattering of Jean Genet’s written work inspired the “Homo” section of Todd Haynes’ also-wonderful Poison. Unfortunately, the only relevant clip I could find on YouTube is this terribly converted monstrosity. Still, it features Scott Renderer having his way with the late, great James Lyons — who went on to edit Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, and of course, The Virgin Suicides — so that oughta count for something.

[via the boyfriend]

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