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unA Song of Love (1950)
“Un chant d’amour” (original title)

Director: Jean Genet
Writer: Jean Genet
Genre: Short movie
Country: France
Year: 1950
Duration: 26 min



Stars: André Reybaz, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais






Un chant d’amour (“Ljubavna pjesma”) jedini je film francuskog pisca Jeana Geneta, a on ga je režirao 1950. godine. Film je smatran kontroverznim zbog eksplicitnog prikazivanja homoseksualnosti te ga se sam Genet “odrekao”.

Radnja je smještena u francuski zatvor, gdje jedan čuvar uživa promatrajući zatvorenike. U jednoj je ćeliji čovjek koji izgleda kao prosječni Alžirac, a u susjednoj neočit mladić od otprilike 20 godina. Stariji je muškarac zaljubljen u mladića, što pokazuje dijeleći dim cigarete s njim kroz slamku.

Nakon što čuvar to primijeti, on ulazi u ćeliju “Alžirca” i istuče ga, a nakon toga natjera “Alžirca” da stavi njegov pištolj u svoja usta.

“My favorite movie male-on-male love scene is one in which the male couple are separated by a cell wall but brought together by a straw and a shared lungful of smoke. Is this is a bad sign? Jean Genet’s Un Chant D’Amour, his only movie, is set, of course, in a prison. A middle-aged prisoner knocks on his cell wall, frantically trying to attract the attention of his younger neighbor, who is dancing with himself in a dirty vest with a face as tender as it is tough. The old lag lights a cigarette, inserts a straw through a tiny hole, and blows smoke through it into the next cell. After studiously feigning disinterest, the young brute finally kneels at the wall, closed-eyed and open-mouthed, and receives the billowingn white smoke. It’s a great, exquisitely poetic representation of the impossibility of romance—and even desire itself. To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, I’ve looked at glory holes from both sides now, from blower and inhaler, from younger and older, and still it’s glory holes’ illusions I recall.”
Mark Simpson, writer, Metrosexy



A Song of Love (1950)

  • Runtime:26 minutes

  • Actors:
    André Reybaz
    Hand swinging the blossom (uncredited)
    Second dancing prisoner (uncredited)
    Coco Le Martiniquais
    Younger convict (uncredited)
    Lucien Sénémaud

  • Plots:

    Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart.

    Written by

    Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

    Written by

  • Also known as: Un chant d’amour ( – original title), Canção de Amor (Brazil), Ena erotiko asma (Greece – festival title), Piesn milosci (Poland), Um Cântico de Amor (Portugal), A Song of Love (USA), Ein Liebeslied (West Germany),

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