Editor’s Pick: Landmark Theater Pride Retro Replay
For its contribution to Pride Month this year, Landmark Theaters presents screenings of classic LGBTQ-themed films every Tuesday at its E Street Cinema in DC
After launching last week with Brokeback Mountain‘Retro Replay: Film Classics’ series picks up two days after Capital Pride with 1995’s flamboyant star-studded comedy To Wong Foo, thank you for everything Julie Newmar.
Essentially an American remake of the global box office hit and Oscar-winning Australian comedy The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the DesertBeeban Kidron To Wong Foo featured a trio of male action stars – Wesley Snipes, the late Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo – improbably portraying New York drag queens.
We follow the trio as they embark on a road trip to Tinseltown only to find themselves stuck in a homophobic outback after their old Cadillac convertible breaks down.
Soon they are heading into the sunset, leaving behind an alluring message about the value of community and acceptance. Local drag queen Noxeema Jackson, named after the character Snipes, and the QTBIPOC collective will orchestrate some surprises during the screening. (6/14)
It is followed by But I’m a cheerleaderDirector Jamie Babbit’s satirical take on the “ex-gay” movement that was light years ahead of its time when it was released in 2000. Not that Cheerleader lack of silliness and camp.
RuPaul stars as a counselor in “True Directions,” where cheerleader Megan, played by Natasha Lyonne in one of her earliest film roles, is sent to correct her budding lesbianism.
Cathy Moriarty chews up the landscape – colored with garish pinks and gender-enhancing blues – as camp director. (21/06)
The series culminates with British costume drama Mauritiusa story of upper-class homosexual tendencies intersecting with lower-class sexual desire.
In this delightful Merchant-Ivory adaptation of EM Forster’s novel, two English schoolboys have a special relationship in Cambridge – but once out of school, Maurice (James Wilby) feels pressured to continue it, while Clive (Hugh Grant) wants to put it behind him to meet the expectations of his society.
Forster wanted a happy ending for his novel because such things at the time were impossible. In 1987, happy endings often seemed as distant as ever, so MauritiusThe discovery of love and joy – with a minion played by Rupert Graves – is a joyous heartthrob. (28/06)
Screenings take place at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema is located at 555 11th St. NW.
Tickets are $7 each.
Call 202-452-7672 or visit https://www.landmarktheatres.com/retro-replay-series-e-street.