As François Ozon’s coming-of-age queer romance, Summer of 85, continues its run in our theaters and the ’80s inspired soundtrack echoed through the Walter Reade Theater, we couldn’t help but notice how much dance sequences reveal about the characters of our favorite films. In celebration of Pride Month and the opening night of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2021 selection, we asked the FLC community for their favorite dance scenes in queer cinema.
Many of you mentioned the ending of Claire Denis’ Beau Travail, featuring a cathartic sequence from Denis Lavant set to Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night,’ the iconic kitchen tango from Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together, and a multitude of scenes from Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced. Scroll down below to see the full collection of your responses!
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— Music Box Films (@musicboxfilms) June 18, 2021
That scene from SUMMER OF ‘85 floored me.
— Adam Fox (@adam_fox79) June 19, 2021
Denis Levant's dance to close Claire Denis' brilliant Beau Travail is the most moving and symbolic of any I've seen.
The dance contrasts so strongly to the machismo military behavior that dominates the film. It functions as a release. A letting go. An awakening.
— d ů r t s c h i (@thom_fork) June 18, 2021
— Jenni Olson (@JenniOlsonSF) June 18, 2021
Dominic West’s dance from Pride. https://t.co/IZmVuwXHNR
— Transmission Rory (@TransmissionRor) June 18, 2021
The dance to Canto Siboney (Ernesto Lacuona, 1927) in Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963) with Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Tony Conrad and Mario Montez. pic.twitter.com/iSJ13uzmp6
— Dale Edwin Wittig (@ArteBarrato) June 18, 2021
Happy Together, Wong Kar-wai, 1997 pic.twitter.com/eZQIW4DiAj
— Emily Dickinson (@DickinsEmily) June 18, 2021
the “Two of Hearts” scene in Party Monster (2003).
— sunni 🕸 (@sunnikoufax) June 18, 2021
— Yechiel⁷ 🏴 (@TheYechiel) June 18, 2021