Come out and enjoy meeting new friends, have a snack, and see a film from the queer cinema tradition together. The film this week is: Gods and Monsters.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Gods and Monsters is a 1998 British-American period drama film that recounts the partly fictionalized last days of the life of film director James Whale, whose experience of war in World War I is a central theme. It stars Ian McKellen as Whale, along with Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich and David Dukes. The film was directed and written by Bill Condon, based on Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein. ............
The story opens in the 1950s, after the Korean War; it has been more than a decade since James Whale, director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, has retired. He lives with his long-time housemaid, Hanna, who loyally cares for him but disapproves of his homosexuality. Whale has suffered a series of strokes that have left him fragile and tormented by memories: growing up as a poor outcast, his tragic World War I service, and the filming of Bride of Frankenstein. Whale slips into his past, and indulges in his fantasies, reminiscing about gay pool parties and also sexually teasing an embarrassed, starstruck fan who comes to interview him. Whale battles depression, at times contemplating suicide, as he realizes his life, his attractiveness, and his health are slipping away.
..befriends his young, handsome gardener and former Marine, Clayton Boone, and the two begin a sometimes uneasy friendship as Boone poses for Whale's sketches. The two men bond while discussing their lives and dealing with Whale's spells of disorientation and weakness from the strokes. Boone, impressed with Whale's fame, watches Bride of Frankenstein on TV as his friends mock the movie, his friendship with Whale, and Whale's intentions.
.... Boone is invited to escort Whale to a party hosted by George Cukor for Princess Margaret. There, a photo op has been arranged for Whale with "his Monsters": Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester from "ancient" movie fame. This event exacerbates his depression. A sudden rain storm becomes an excuse to leave.
Back at Whale's home, Boone needs a dry change of clothes. .... After Boone drops his towel to pose nude, Whale makes him wear a World War I gas mask and then uses the opportunity to make a sexual advance on Boone, kissing his shoulder. .....The next morning, Hanna is alarmed when she cannot find Whale, prompting a search by Boone and Hanna. Boone finds Whale floating dead in the pool, as a distraught Hanna runs out clutching a suicide note.
The film closes roughly a decade later as Boone and his young son, Michael, watch Bride of Frankenstein on television. The son is skeptical of his father's claim that he knew Whale, but Clayton produces a sketch of the Frankenstein monster drawn by Whale, and signed, "To Clayton. Friend?" "Friend?", being a plea from the original misfit, Frankenstein's monster, and disclosing Whale's true intentions. (read this summary and more information Click Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gods_and_Monsters_(film))
We now have 329 “members” to this Meetup group!!!! Come out, come out, wherever you are, bring snacks and / or beverages. There is no charge for this event. Donations to our host, Ray Of Hope Church are always welcomed. There is a discrete donation box by the exit from the chapel on your right. Please RSVP below so others know people attend these events. The numbers reported here are never correct. More people come than this shows, so do RSVP. We have a little motto: “Let’s put some feet to the street and actually meet and greet this week.” This is what the “meetup” concept is all about. We hope to see you there.
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The official trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn2G6YrvibM