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The sleazy film professor

"The role of critics is more important than ever," says American film academic and critic B. Ruby Rich. She has even been central to promoting LGBT films to a wide audience.

The American film professor, critic and editor B. Ruby Rich is the originator of the term "New Queer Cinema", which denotes the emergence of independent films with LGBT themes in the late eighties and early nineties. Ny Tid met Rich at Filmens Hus in Oslo when she recently attended a seminar under the auspices of the Norwegian Film Club Association, where the theme was just queer film.

"There was a strong will to innovate at the time," she says of the film wave, which includes Todd Haynes' Poison, Laurie Lynds RSVP, Derek Jarmans Edward II and Gregg Arakis The Living End. The direction arose at a time marked by challenges – with politicians such as Reagan, Bush and Thatcher at the helm, and the outbreak of AIDS – but also helpful technical innovations, no. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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