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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 1979-January 1980 - File 008. 1979-12/1980-01. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 15, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1526/show/1512.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 1979-January 1980
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1979-January 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 8AS TI3JIT2 O0A8OJO "• 2<X3T -pi Vt.QhS$J% ' GIFTS • ANTIQUES • ART • DESIGN NOON-10PM tlHummitrti.') The movie ad in the newspaper for Why Not? appeals to a certain element, as a friend of mine once put it. The picture of the two men kissing certainly attracted my attention, no doubt about that. This film is not another version of Women in Love, however. There's not much brooding in-this film. The characters are kooky, quirky individualists and lovable eccentrics who have happy-go-lucky attitudes toward life, exemplified in the words of the picture's title. Although there are beautiful and tender love scenes between the two men in the picture, this film is not particularly a homosexual love story. Why not? Because the people in this menage-a-four are not homosexuals. They're not bisexuals. They're not heterosexuals. They're just—people. Got that? I didn't think so. Let me try to explain. Louis and Fernand live with Alex and Sylvia. Louis and Fernand are men. Alex and Sylvie are women. Louis and Fernand are lovers. So are Fernand and Alex and Louis and Alex. So are Fernand and Sylvie. Now do you get it? A rich comedy and a study of relationships are two of the ways I would describe this film. The main characters have a rare gift for living life, every moment. They are by turns loony, exasperating, intense, and wonderful. I envy them their talent for living life to the fullest and I envy them for their cockeyed optimism. None of your angst or existentialist despair here, thank you. Fernand, Louis, and company are in love with life and in love with each other. They work, they suffer, they survive, and they pay their rent. They attract friends like a flame attracts moths. Society may call Fernand and Louis fags, but all four characters persist in their unconventional living arrangements, and thrive on one another's company. Alex and Sylvie have tender scenes in the film which only hint at a lesbian relationship as a possibility for them. Fernand, Louis, Alex, Sylvie, and the other characters in this film are neither "immoral" nor "amoral" as Rex Reed, Judith Christ, and other gay/straight/whatever film critics have suggested in the straight media. Rather, these people are in love with life, are in love with each other, and are fulfilling themselves in a profound way that most of the rest of us only think about or dream of. The fact that the screenwriter and the director of this film do not pigeonhole or categorize these characters according to sexual orientation, is what makes this film a breakthrough and what makes it such a special cinematic event. This is cinematic entertainment at its very best at the level of being a genuine work of art, because it shows us the truth about what we are and about what we can be. Why Not? is a French film with English subtitles, released by New Line Cinema in 1979. Though it is no longer playing in Austin, it is a film well worth looking forward to when it returns for another engagement in Austin. See it. Wayde Frey CONNECTIONS December 1979/January 19f
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