Monday, February 10, 2014

Band of Thebes: How degayed was Monuments Men?

Band of Thebes: Imposing, six-foot, broad-shouldered uber queer Lincoln Kirstein age 38 in May
1945 is played by five-foot-five, 68 year-old Bob Balaban who in these interviews says he didn't study
Kirstein for his role as "Preston Savitz" and no Q or A mentions anything gay... Balaban hints "many
of his key characteristics weren’t necessarily written into my part of the movie." ...Why be honest
about actual gay heroics in history when you can rely on stale signifiers and sissy stereotypes?

Stephen at Band of Thebes was not amused by George Clooney's Monuments Men:
The list of what I'd endure for Thebes does not extend to sitting through writer-director-star George Clooney's "tepid" (USA Today), "lifeless" (Variety), "pandering" (NYT), "self-congratulatory" (AV Club), "failure" (EW, which gave it a C-) of "threadbare formula and sentimental cliches" (Wash Post), The Monuments Men, so I can't report the exact extent to which he's degayed the real men and women who rescued art stolen by the Nazis.
     Band of Thebes linked to a documentary that it considers a much better recounting of the events in Monuments Men.

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