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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Put On Your Ritzy Best

Fans of GLBT films should be looking forward to January 8, when two very different classic movies finally make their debuts on DVD.

The Ritz is a retro throwback to the swinging gay New York of the 70's. Based on Terrence McNally's stage farce (which recently enjoyed a hit Broadway revival), the Golden Globe nominated comedy reunited most of the original production's cast, including Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham and Rita Moreno (reprising her Tony Award-winning role of bathhouse chanteuse Googie Gomez), plus hunky Treat Williams in his film debut.

On the other end of the spectrum, Personal Best was one of the first mainstream films to deal openly with lesbianism. Written and directed by Robert Towne, the sports drama stars Mariel Hemingway as a runner playing both sides of the track, bedding both her male coach (Scott Glenn!) and a female competitor (Patrice Donnelly).

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