The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, 1994) Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce; 98 min.

One of the ABBA films: amazing that there are three (including Hallstrom's doco about the actual band). This has flair—and flares—and won an Oscar for Best Costume Design for Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel.

I guess the scenes of homophobic hostility in the movie are obligatory, but the writer-director, Stephan Elliott, doesn't seem to have his heart in them, and I wonder if he would have been happy to make the whole story as lighthearted as his best scenes. It's too bad that the requirements of plotting require movies like this to crank up the event count, when actually what works is just the daily minutiae of Bernadette's life. Roger Ebert.


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