Gay Cinema: Italian

In Italian movies of the late 1960s and early 1970s, homosexuality emerged out of the closet.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015).

Visconti’s German trilogy (The Damned)

Pasolini’s Teorema

Bertolucci’s The Conformist


These directors linked homosexuality to Nazism and Fascism, a trend that lasted until Ettore Scola’s A Special Day, in 1977.