• BAMcinématek in Brooklyn is looking back to the nineties for a celebration of the period in American and British independent cinema when a wide array of gay and lesbian artists built their own movement. The series Born in Flames: New Queer Cinema reminds moviegoers of the LGBT community’s struggles to be seen and heard during and following the Reagan and Thatcher years, with entertaining, artful, and often angry films by such directors as Todd Haynes, Cheryl Dunye, Isaac Julien, Derek Jarman, and Gregg Araki. One of the benchmark films of the era was My Own Private Idaho (showing October 14), Gus Van Sant’s brave love story starring River Phoenix as a narcoleptic hustler and Keanu Reeves as the object of his affection, a fellow prostitute rebelling against his powerful father. As moving and melancholy as the film is, it also has a terrific sense of humor and sense of the surreal, as you can see in this visually inventive clip, in which My Own Private Idaho’s main characters appear as porno-mag cover boys.


  • By Craig J. Clark
    October 11, 2012
    03:35 PM

    Note to Criterion: Consider adding Jarman's The Garden to the Collection.
  • By simon
    October 12, 2012
    11:46 AM

    Additional Note to Criterion: Please Please Please release 'My Own Private Idaho' on Blu-Ray. It would look beyond stunning. With James Franco's/Gus van Sant's 'My Own Private River' as a supplement?
  • By Servando Gutierrez Torres
    December 02, 2013
    06:16 PM

    Yes! My Own Private Idaho on Blu… Please!
  • By Sarah
    July 28, 2014
    04:02 AM

    Pleaseeeeee all Gus van sants should be criterions
  • By Steve M.
    October 21, 2014
    01:39 PM

    Blu Ray of this please Criterion.