Carol, Todd Haynes’ much celebrated 2015 movie, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel about the secret relationship between two women in the 1950s, was chosen as the best LGBT movie of all time. The list, compiled on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of London LGBT film festival BFI Flare, was voted on by more than 100 experts of filmmakers, critics and writers. Andrew Haigh’s 2011 film Weekend and Wong Kar-wai’s 1997 gay romance film, Happy Together, completed the top three. Most movies on the list were released in the past two decades, but it also includes a “terrific” and “incredibly explicit” 1931 German movie called Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform), which tells the story of a young schoolgirl falling in love with her female teacher. Tricia Tuttle, deputy head of festivals at the British Film Institute said she hoped the poll would stimulate the debate around LGBT cinema: “For us, it is a moment to look back at the films we have celebrated over the years and look at how enduring so many of them are and look at how important so many LGBT stories are in the history of cinema. They are also a chance to remind audiences of films which might have faded from the memory but deserve to be seen again,” she told The Guardian.
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