L' L'Homme blessé (Queer Film Classics #1)
Drawn into the circuit of men cruising for sex in and around a train station, restless adolescent Henri begins a frenzied pursuit of a dangerously charismatic older man, with sometimes violent and ultimately tragic consequences. Premiering at Cannes in 1983, Patrice Chéreau’s L’Homme blessé (The Wounded Man) was one of France’s first major cinematic releases to depict homosexual desire and queer sexual cultures in an unapologetic and complex way. It is a film that continues to resonate to this day.L’Homme blessé generated controversy with its dark tone and its treatment of an adolescent’s obsessive homoerotic desire, as well as Chéreau’s denial that the film is about homosexuality. Robert Payne guides readers through the powerfully erotic underworld of L’Homme blessé, where the film sidesteps fixed identities and draws viewers into the ambiguous spaces of queer desire, and argues that its visual composition depicts queer ways of seeing and generates queer ways of feeling. A look into the production’s historical and cultural backdrop uncovers a behind-the-scenes story of power and desire between its two screenwriters and the presence of HIV/AIDS hovering ominously and inevitably off screen. Original interviews trace the lives of L’Homme blessé across three continents and three decades and measure the film’s enduring value beyond its prestigious debut.Payne cements L’Homme blessé in its rightful place within queer cultural history and introduces the film to a new generation of viewers.