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04/19/2007


Not Gay: Filmmakers Won't Let A Single Man Come Out of the Closet

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Many people noted that the first promotional one-sheet for Tom Ford's debut film A Single Man (inset), made no reference to the fact that the film is an adaptation of a book written by a gay man (Christopher Isherwood) about a day in the life of a gay man.

Single Wrote the Hollywood Reporter, last October: "Published in 1964, the novel centers on a gay man who, after the sudden death of his partner, is determined to persist in his usual routine, which is seen in the span of a single, ordinary day in Southern California."

And the second one-sheet (above), like the first, features Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, and no reference to the gay elements of the film (except for, perhaps, the fact that Firth seems lost in thought - perhaps thinking of something gay?). I've been told that Tom Ford personally had a hand in designing the one-sheet you see above.

The film's trailer had some of the gay elements removed for American audiences.

Ford told guests at a private viewing party Sunday night that the film's not a gay film:

“It’s extremely autobiographical. When you watch it, you are inside my head for an hour and a half. I’m fortunate enough to have experienced extreme materialism in my life, but the point of the film is to remind us of the little things in life — not some new shoes you bought or a new car. Life’s about living in the present. We live in an artificial world. In the fashion business, you live in the future for the next collection. But when I spend  time on my ranch in New Mexico—with the sun above me and the rattlesnakes growing under the bush—I appreciate the present. I wasn’t trying to make Terminator 12. But this is not a gay film. I don’t even think about that. There are so many gay characters on TV that it’s almost become a cliché.”

Ford Tom Ford began his recent interview with Kevin Sessums by saying, "I don’t think of myself as gay. That doesn’t mean that I’m not gay. I just don’t define myself by my sexuality."

So, honestly,  if in the film about the gay man we're inside the head of a gay filmmaker who doesn't think of himself as gay, the marketing for the film, which the 'gay-blind' filmmaker helped create, isn't going to be gay either.

Does that make sense? Yes. Is it right? Probably not. Are he and the film gay and has the studio gone out of its way to de-gay promotion for the film? Undoubtedly.

The critic David Ehrenstein wrote about the film in Towleroad's comments section: "I saw it last night and it's absolutely over whelming. I haven't been as deeply affected by a gay film since Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train. Like I'm sure many others I thought Tom Ford was nothing more than a Fashionista. But this is a real film by a real filmmaker. He understands Isherwood's novel completely. (Don Bachardy is listed as a creative consultant and he has a cameo turn as well.) Coming at this particular moment the film of A Single Man is a scream of rage against our "inisvibiliy" insifar (sic) as the Heterosexual Dictatorship is concerned. Colin Firth has a lock on an Oscar nomination and perhaps the prize itself."

If the film is a scream of rage against our invisibility, why are the filmmakers and studio once again trying to make gays invisible?

New York magazine tried to clear the issue up with Harvey Weinstein at a screening last night:

Is it difficult to to market a movie about a gay romance?
No, Brokeback Mountain did pretty well. Midnight Cowboy did pretty well. If you know how to market, you can market. There's an audience for it.

The poster seemed to play down the gay part.
I'm good. You got enough. Thank you.

The film opens in limited release in December.


First Look: One-Sheet for A Single Man

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Here's the just-released one-sheet for Tom Ford's debut film, A Single Man, an adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, and Nicholas Hoult.

Firth won the Best Actor prize for the film at the Venice Film Festival and last week he picked up another top honor, this one from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which will present him with its "Outstanding Performance of the Year".

It' scheduled to open in limited release in December.

The trailer, if you've missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Matthew Goode and Colin Firth in A Single Man

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Here's a new clip, albeit a very brief one, from Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, featuring Matthew Goode and Colin Firth.

Firth, who won the Best Actor prize in Venice for his role as gay academic George Falconer, is being seen as a serious Oscar contender.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Weinstein Co. Picks Up Tom Ford's A Single Man

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Following a Monday night screening of Tom Ford's A Single Man at the Toronto Film Festival, the picture was picked up by Bob and Harvey Weinstein:

"Deal was made after an all-night negotiating session between distributors and Ford's CAA agents following a Monday evening premiere here heavily attended by indie distribs. At the fete, there was hope in the air that "Single" might break the dealmaking logjam and prod distributors to begin locking in distribution deals for a slew of available films with strong casts that are unspooling at the fest. There had been no major showdown over a pic until Ford's debut arrived Monday...'Though I've gone through this with my collections in the past, this is so much more personal, and much more a reflection of my soul,' said fashion designer-turned-director Ford, who optioned the novel three years ago and shot the film in just 21 days. 'I have always admired Harvey's great passion for film,' Ford said. 'Harvey and I have talked about a collaboration for years, in fact, since our first meeting more than 10 years ago.'"

The trailer, if you missed it, is here.


Tom Ford Wins Queer Lion, Colin Firth Wins Best Actor for A Single Man at Venice Film Festival: Watch Trailer

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Tom Ford won the Queer Lion for his directorial debut, A Single Man, at the Venice Film Festival. The Queer Lion award is presented independently of the official awards. However, Colin Firth walked away with the festival's offical award for Best Actor:

"The 49-year-old actor, who celebrated his birthday at the 66th festival two days before the awards, has never won a major award before, despite Bafta nominations for his parts in Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary. But his sensitive and touching portrayal of a gay man plunged into a mid-life crisis after the accidental death of his lover could see him secure an Oscar nomination."

More details about the film, which is an adaptation of the Christopher Ishwerwood novel of the same name, HERE.

Watch Tom Ford and actors at a press conference for the film, as well as the film's trailer,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom Ford's A Single Man Gets Rave Reviews at Venice Film Fest

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Tom Ford's directorial debut, an adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel A Single Man, debuted last night at the Venice Film Festival.

The Times (which gave it 4 of 5 stars)  had this to say about it:

Firth "It’s no surprise that the feature film directing debut of fashion designer Tom Ford is a thing of heart-stopping beauty. He celebrates the male form with a sensual reverence. He uses colour with the visual articulacy of Wong Kar Wai and frames his shots with elegance and wit. It looks like a Wallpaper magazine photo shoot styled by Douglas Sirk. But what is a little more unexpected, certainly for those who were suspicious of Ford’s background in the ephemeral world of fashion, is that this is no frothy, throwaway piece of pretty silliness. Rather it’s a work of emotional honesty and authenticity which announces the arrival of a serious filmmaking talent. There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal. "

Hollywood Reporter last October: "Published in 1964, the novel centers on a gay man who, after the sudden death of his partner, is determined to persist in his usual routine, which is seen in the span of a single, ordinary day in Southern California."

Said Ford of the debut: "Really no one's seen it yet, so of course I'm terrified because in a way it's the most personal thing I've ever done and it's the thing that is the most expressive of who I am. If you know me as a fashion designer, people would think that I'm one thing -- slick, sexy. That's something that I do as a product. This (film) for me was the first pure artistic expression that I've ever created so in that way it's much more personal to me and I'm more vulnerable in a way because it is so personal."

WWD has an interview with the director.


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