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No Strangers: Older Gay Men in the Films of Ventura Pons

Fouz Hernández, Santiago

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In a career spanning more than five decades Catalan filmmaker Ventura Pons (Barcelona, 1945) has directed over 30 films. His eclectic filmography does not easily fit categories or labels of any kind, including queer cinema. However, the frequent presence of gay male characters and same-sex desire in his films is significant, especially given the advanced age of a very high proportion of those men. Pons' camera does not shy away from presenting their bodies as both desirable and desiring, older bodies that don't hide away from the camera. Starting with a re-reading of Amic/Amat (1998) from the perspective of aging studies, the article focuses on key examples of older gay and queer men in his work, with special emphasis on films that Pons directed in his sixties (Forasters (2008), A la deriva (2009), Mil cretins (2010)). It identifies recurring themes and tropes in this context, such as cross-dressing, memory or inheritance and finds that the filmmaker's interest in queer memory is closely linked to arguably the main preoccupation of his work: the cultural history of Catalonia.


Fouz Hernández, S. (2024). No Strangers: Older Gay Men in the Films of Ventura Pons. Romance Quarterly, 71(1), 95-109.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 4, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2024
Publication Date Jan 31, 2024
Deposit Date Dec 11, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2024
Journal Romance Quarterly
Print ISSN 0883-1157
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Issue 1
Pages 95-109
Keywords Aging masculinities, Catalan cinema, queer cinema, LGBTQ+, older gay men, memory, Ventura Pons
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