As I think back on that British film, it struck me how sometimes the most touching portrayals of gay men in film occur in mostly straight movies. The first time I saw such a story realized on screen was the 1994 release Four Weddings and a Funeral. I don’t recall the word “gay” ever being used to portray the relationship between Simon Callow‘s Gareth and John Hannah‘s Matthew, but the actors, one of who is straight, made clear the loving nature of relationship between the men.
Here Matthew eulogizes his late lover:
So powerful had been Hannah’s performance that I was long convinced he was gay. And yet according to IMDB, he’s been married to the same woman for the past sixteen years.
Interesting how we’ve seen some of the most touching portrayals of same-sex romance in British cinema.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Neptune remembers
. . . a line from that movie that Hugh Grant’s character delivered after Gareth’s funeral. Something to the effect of “Here we are always talking about hoping to get married when for all intents and purposes two of us already were.” For some reason that line always struck me for how it reflected on the very routine acceptance of these two male friends’ relationship. It made a point without being in anyone’s face I thought.
And perhaps that’s why it works so well.