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Sodom

Power, control, brutality – all are there, companions to lust and pleasure – even the sex and death equation whether related to AIDS or not…Sade and Bataille both explored the darker side of sex, as has Kenneth Anger. It seems to me the Luther Price has upped the ante. I see Sodom as part of a tradition whose precursors, perhaps, are Anger’s Fireworks and Genet’s Un chant d’amour. These films, now distanced by history, challenged received notions of sexual portrayal and were controversial in their time. There have been few films that dealt with gay sexuality since. MICHAEL WALLIN

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