Royal Scandal Cinema : The Boys in the Band


William Friedkin, Drama, US 1970, 120’ (EN/e)

The scandal film specialists of “royalscandalcinema” are guests at the Luststreifen Film Festival in Basel for the second time to present a program block on William Friedkin’s “The Boys in the Band”. While the play on which the film is based was celebrated in the gay community in 1968, the feature film released two years later became a major scandal in the context of the “Stone Wall Riots”. In her introduction to the film, film scholar and cultural journalist Murièle Weber will talk about how this change came about – and why the film is now once again considered part of the gay film canon.