A French story on violence against gays

Un sondage exclusif dans TÊTU: Un homo sur quatre a déjà été agressé physiquement

Des chiffres inquiétants qui servent de point d’entrée à un grand dossier consacré à la police et à la lutte contre les actes de violences homophobes.

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Dirty Pictures – Showtime

Robert Mapplethorpe’s X Portfolio series sparked national attention in the early 1990s when it was included in The Perfect Moment, a traveling exhibition funded by National Endowment for the Arts. The portfolio includes some of Mapplethorpe’s most explicit imagery. Though Mapplethorpe’s work had been regularly displayed in publicly funded exhibitions, conservative and religious organizations, such as the American Family Association seized on this exhibition to vocally oppose government support for what they called “nothing more than the sensational presentation of potentially obscene material.” As a result, Mapplethorpe became something of a cause célèbre for both sides of the American Culture war. The installation of The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati resulted in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati and its director, Dennis Barrie, on charges of “pandering obscenity”.

Much attention was given to the Robert Mapplethorpe photographs that became the center of controversy when they were exhibited at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in 1990, but less was known about Dennis Barrie, the museum director responsible for the exhibit. Barrie’s obscenity trial and condemnation by right-wing conservatives are the focus of this Showtime telepic. Played by James Woods, Barrie is shown standing up for his museum’s right to display controversial art and coping with the toxic windfall that surrounded his actions. Diana Scarwid gives plenty of support as Dianne, Barrie’s wife, and interviews with personalities ranging from Susan Sarandon to Salman Rushdie are interspersed with the film’s narrative. Thanks to the cooperation of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, a number of the actual photographs that were at the heart of the controversy were used in the production.

~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Dirty Pictures

  • Running Time: 105 Minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Docudrama, Courtroom Drama, Message Movie
  • SEE IT ON HULU

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