Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Uses scenes from Gertrude’s plays and operas and is narrated from her own written words.
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Year: 1970
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Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Perry Miller Adato
Writer: Marianna Norris
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+Alt Tags+When it comes to our lesbian foremothers, Gertrude Stein is on the top of the list. This documentary uses scenes from her plays and operas and is narrated from her own written words. We see her three decades as a linchpin in Parisian intellectual life from photographs and interviews with some who visited the salon of Gertrude and companion Alice B. Toklas. Also includes musical performances adapted from her work.

The documentary focuses on her written work and her influence on other writers and artists like Hemingway, Pound, Eliot and Picasso. I recommend the fictional Waiting for the Moon for those who are more interested in what Gertrude and Alice’s life together may have been like. (AB)