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  Subject:   BGLAD - Screening: My Beautiful Laundrette

  Sponsor:   BGLAD

  Date:   Friday, May 7, 1999

  Time:   7pm -

  Location:   Cubberley, Room 115 [look for it in a campus map][new]

  Sponsor URL:   http://www.stanford.edu/group/BGLAD

Made as a British telefilm, My Beautiful Laundrette hit theater screens like an intoxicating
gulp of fresh air, spiralling director Frears, screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, and actor Daniel Day Lewis
to new career planes. A young South Londoner on the make, Omar (Gordon Warnecke) treads a
risky line between the upward mobility of his Pakistani-immigrant relatives and the dole-queue
punkdom of childhood pal Johnny's (Lewis) friends. Prankish, witty, stylish, the movie works on
many levels as a critique of Thatcher-era race/class divisions. But for gay audiences, it's the sizzling
(and matter-of-factly treated) sexual chemistry between Omar and Johnny that caps a
contemporary classic.

 Event history: Submitted by matlaw on 01-May-1999;


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