Lesbian films 1996

Paris Was a Woman

Paris Was a Woman is a documentary written by Andrea Weiss and directed by Greta Schiller. Its story follows a group of female artists, writers, photographers, designers, and adventurers who settled in Paris between the wars. They embraced France, some developed an ex-pat culture, and most cherished a way of life quite different than the one left behind. The film offers a series of archival footage, music, paintings, literature, and rare interviews with folks who were there. Among them, we can find find Berenice Abbott, Gisele Freund, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Colette, Janet Flanner and others. Besides the contribution of lesbianism in the feminist movement, Paris Was a Woman introduces us to the intellectual life of the time through artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Hemingway, and James Joyce. Here is the film introduction in lieu of trailer.

Bound

Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way…. The protagonists are portrayed by Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon. Note: an sd trailer of Bound has been added.

The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman’s stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood’s few female directors. As she’s discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who’s also White. The affair strains Cheryl’s friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us) to new realizations. Cheryl and Diana are portrayed by Cheryl Dunye and Guinevere Turner.

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