Lavender Screen: Carol

Posted on: 13 Jan 2016 by Claire Vaughan

Our Lavender Screen LGBTQI discussion group meets monthly to discuss the latest films, chaired by our Programme Officer for Film and Cinema, Claire Vaughan. In December they discussed Todd Haynes' Carol. Here you can listen to that discussion and read the supporting materials. SPOLER ALERT: The recorded discussion contains plot spoilers - we would advise listening after you have seen the film.

Points to consider:

  • The film is adapted from the posthumously published Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. Highsmith is known for her crime fiction, how does this story fit in with the rest of her work?
  • This is an overtly stylish film, how did that enhance the story?
  • There is a Brief Encounter reference in the film (hand on shoulder moment that bookends the film). Why has Haynes included that in Carol?
  • “Carol is a “frock film” not a "queer film” do you agree?

Reading material:

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