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LGM Film Club, Part 206: The Royal Road


The Royal Road is a 2015 film essay from the queer filmmaker Jenni Olson. This is a fascinating mediation on both queerness and memory in California, a place where people reinvent themselves in part because of the erasure of history. With discussions of everything from Junipero Serra to Vertigo to Olson’s chase of women, it hangs together surprisingly well, with a positive take on nostalgia that I don’t actually agree with, but which I respect. Sure, it’s full of the slow, lingering shots that define a lot of modern art cinema. But it’s pretty good and I think a lot of people here would enjoy it. The trailer is below and it’s available on Criterion Channel.

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