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With: Pat Bell, Mish P. DeLight, James Ferguson, Toniet Gallego, Anna May Hirsch, Katherine Moore, Allen Jeffrey Rein
Written by: Milford Thomas
Directed by: Milford Thomas
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 57
Date: 18/03/2013

Claire (2001)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Mooning Over Her

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Shot on an old-fashioned hand-crank camera and based on an old Japanese fairy tale, Milford Thomas's Claire has magic and wonder to spare. Thomas updated the story to include an old gay couple who discover a beautiful "moon princess" in an ear of corn (it was originally a bamboo stalk). Like Murnau's The Last Laugh, the film gets by with very few intertitles -- except in an extraordinary sequence when the girl reads a poem -- so audience members won't have to read much. It's a treasure.

DVD Details: The 2006 DVD, released by Frameline, comes with a musical track recorded live at the 2002 San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and an audio commentary track by Thomas (anyone who listens in gets called a "geek"). There's also an interview with Thomas and production stills. Don't miss this wonderful film.

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