Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love) (1950)



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Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.


Critic Reviews for Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Silent and wordless, it poetically and delicately recapitulates some of the themes of [Genet's] novels.

Nov 2, 2006 | Full Review…

Curio underground short experimental film about gay life in prisons.

Feb 13, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a very effective film, and quite lovely at times.

Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…

Strictly of curio value, it can offer contemporary viewers little more than some unintentional gay giggles. Oh, those French boys!

May 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5

A revolutionary vision of emancipation through sensuality, Un Chant d'Amour is a song of love both universal and eternal.

Mar 5, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Genet's film exhibits the obvious influence of his friend Jean Cocteau. Despite this, the tone and content is pure Genet.

Jul 22, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love)


The only film made by the controversial playwright Jean Genet - an extremely sensual and provocative homoerotic tale that was certainly ahead of its time, with so much powerful imagery and intense desire overflowing from the screen.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A quite well-made, evocative short. Surprising that Genet never directed another film. And its sexual content is STILL daring -- when's the last time you saw an erect penis in an art film?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

A short film about love?Yes,a perfect example of jealousy and repression,the first piece of queer cinema by a legendary playwright.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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