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Coming Out Again

Personal Best

March 26, 2018 @ 6:50 pm

Personal Best

Dir. Robert Towne, 1982, USA, 124 mins, 16mm

Love and lust interfere with competition when Olympic-bound Mariel Hemingway falls for her older training partner and pentathlon competitor played by real-life track star Patrice Donnelly. With finely drawn characters and lyrical slow motion sequences showcasing impressive feats of athleticism, this deeply felt directorial debut from Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne was ahead of its time for its naturalistic approach to same-sex romance—and contains the most suggestive arm wrestling scene ever committed to film.

Part of the Coming Out Again program–an ongoing series in collaboration with Quad Cinema that surveys lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history.

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March 26, 2018
6:50 pm
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