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An exploration of lesbian themes in movies, TV, books, music, and more. (Formerly Podcast of a Lady on Fire.)

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An exploration of lesbian themes in movies, TV, books, music, and more. (Formerly Podcast of a Lady on Fire.)

    Bound (1996)

    Bound (1996)

    Hold the elevator! 😎 We're talking about the Wachowski sisters' glorious 1996 neo-noir Bound with special guests Baby Djojonegoro and Heather Petrocelli from Portrait of a Survey on Fire (a.k.a. the folks whose Top 10 Lesbian Films list is what this season of our podcast is based on! 👀).

    We talk about...

    🏆 How great Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon are in this 

    🫠 How great Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon are together

    ⛏ That labrys tattoo!

    👏 Showing actual lesbians in a lesbian bar!

    🎬 The Wachowski's cinematic innovations

    ✨ Queer and trans allegory

    😘 How extremely wonderful it is to have a neo-noir film where the protagonists are lesbians AND they win

    ...and much more!

    Episode transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NcvehOHvCHxjva8OHcCKXjhF8NB_cCRA8oSKkMUSqi0/edit?usp=sharing (This is a longer episode, so the first half is available now, and we'll be uploading the rest of it over the weekend.)

    Links to stuff we mentioned:


    Follow Portrait of a Survey on Fire on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/portraitofasurveyonfire/
    Lana Wachowski at the Music Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxynlbNKyu8
    Excerpt from director’s commentary, including commentary from Susie Bright: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80ubTq0AhTo&t=42s
    Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon revisit their lesbian neo-noir Bound: https://ew.com/movies/2019/06/06/jennifer-tilly-gina-gershon-revisit-lesbian-neo-noir-bound/
    Bound: The Wachowski’s Take on Power Dynamics, Queerness and Dysfunctional Families: https://25yearslatersite.com/2020/05/21/bound-the-wachowskis-take-on-power-dynamics-queerness-and-dysfunctional-families/
    Behind the visible queerness in women’s sports — and why it matters: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/06/10/lesbian-culture-womens-sports/


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    • 1h 28 min
    The Watermelon Woman (1996)

    The Watermelon Woman (1996)

    A film within a film within a film, The Watermelon Woman is a brilliant example of New Queer Cinema. Lightheartedly combining camcorder, 16mm, and self-made "found" footage, Cheryl Dunye gives voice and life to lost history 23 years before we see something similar come to life with Marianne in Portrait of a Lady on Fire. "What??" you say. "YES." we respond. Let's talk about it! 

    And...

    • The 90s vibes! 🔥

    • The (RIDICULOUS) controversy that followed 📰

    • The humor!! 🎯

    • How the "found" footage is a whole *additional* incredible work of art on its own 😭

    • The C enter for L esbian I nformation and T echnology 📸 (I'm afraid to write out the acronym because of content filters)

    • SO MANY LESBIANS 💕 [There are more lesbians depicted in The Watermelon Woman than in ANY OF THE OTHER MOVIES WE'RE COVERING THIS SEASON.]

    BONUS: we reveal the 5 E C R E T  L E 5 8 I A N  C 0 D E  🤫

    Episode Transcript

    The Watermelon Woman at 25: the Black lesbian classic that wears its brilliance lightly

    City Arts & Lectures interview with Cheryl Dunye

    Hang out with us on Instagram 📷 and Twitter 🦆! 


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    • 1h 1m
    Kyss Mig (2011)

    Kyss Mig (2011)

    Are you wearing an intricately patterned sweater? Great. Do you already have a glass of wine? Perfect, have some more! 'Cause today we're talking about the 2011 Swedish lesbian movie Kyss Mig (A.K.A. Kiss Me or With Every Heartbeat). 

    We're gonna talk about...


    Character arcs! 🌈
    THE CHEMISTRY! 💘
    Why are the men so horrible?? 🤦‍♂
    Running or swimming away from your problems! 😥
    How easy it is to find one person in Barcelona! 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Show notes:


    Episode Transcript
    Interview with Josefine Tengblad
    Interview with Ruth Vega Fernandez


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    Desert Hearts (1985)

    Desert Hearts (1985)

    Put on your gayest cowboy duds and throw your vintage convertible into reverse because we're kicking off our season of the Portrait survey's top 10 lesbian or queer films with the 80s sapphic classic, Desert Hearts. Some of the things we cover:


    CAY'S ENTRANCE! 😍
    Questionable sexual dynamics 😬
    Desert Vibes!🌵
    The ending! 🚂 👀
    Differences between the book and the movie!👩‍👧
    And more!

    Portrait of a Survey on Fire's full list of top 10 films

    Episode transcript

    More about Reno's history as the "Divorce Capital of the World"


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    • 49 min
    Introducing: Season 3

    Introducing: Season 3

    We're back! And this season we'll be watching each of the top 10 films from Portrait of a Survey on Fire's favorite lesbian and queer films. First up: Desert Hearts!🌵💕 

    Transcript for this episode

    Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter

    Check out @portraitofasurveyonfire on Instagram for more about the list and the survey results!


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    • 1m
    SEASON FINALE: Portrait of a Survey Fire

    SEASON FINALE: Portrait of a Survey Fire

    For our season finale, we're joined by Portrait of a Survey on Fire's Baby Djojonegoro and Heather Petrocelli to talk about their process, preliminary findings, and some of the incredible responses their survey has received.

    Episode transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wLX-Wg6Yj-sm9avm8EHKzhn_cgscQrbFRggNEXE3q7o/edit?usp=sharing

    Links from the show:


    Now You See Me, Céline’s New Yorker profile by Elif Batuman https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/02/07/celine-sciammas-quest-for-a-new-feminist-grammar-of-cinema
    Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body by Megan Milks https://www.feministpress.org/books-a-m/margaret-and-the-mystery-of-the-missing-body
    Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo https://www.malindalo.com/lastnight
    Ghosts (BBC original version, on HBO Max) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00049t9
    Sort Of (on HBO Max) https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYXBzZw5-GY53wwEAAAAG 


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