Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances, 1986 (still); image: courtesy First Run Features


Parting Glances

Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Selected by Christine Vachon

“The romantic comedy-drama went positively gay — and gay-positive — in writer-director Bill Sherwood’s 1986 indie feature Parting Glances, a landmark of gay cinema and one of the first American films to address the AIDS epidemic. Steve Buscemi, in his first major role, is Nick, a sardonic rock singer dying of AIDS. Nick is the best friend and former lover of Michael; Michael is steeling himself for the imminent departure of current partner Robert, who’s leaving for a two-year stint overseas. Set in an affluent New York City milieu, Sherwood’s quirky, charming, and tender movie unfolds over a 24-hour period as Michael and Robert cope with their separation anxiety, and with Nick’s illness, and prepare for Robert’s going-away bash.”
— Pacific Cinémathèque

“Mr. Buscemi has a powerfully anarchic presence…and he makes a memorable impression. It is to both his and the film’s credit that the anguish of AIDS is presented as part of a larger social fabric, understood in context, and never in a maudlin light.”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“[Parting Glances] has a tenderness, warmth, humor and, despite its subject, a lightness of heart that will win it many friends…a film of subtle and elegant musicality.”
Time Out

Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1986
Running time: 90 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Bill Sherwood
Screenwriter: Bill Sherwood
Producers: Yoram Mandel, Arthur Silverman
Cinematographer: Jacek Laskus
Editor: Bill Sherwood
Source: First Run Features

35mm restored print courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.

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