Heads Or Tails

Dennis Day

1990, 08:00 minutes, colour, English


A fairy's tale, set in breathtakingly unnatural nature, about some deliriously unnatural acts. A visual journey through fact and fantasy, night and day, the natural and the unnatural. A momentary escape from the pressure of always having to be a good sport.
Heads Or Tails is a visualization of gay sexual intimacy, mediated by cinematic and cultural references. By using the self-affirming techniques of heterosexual cinema (cuteness, anthropomorphism, and morality), Heads Or Tails similarly approves its own acts, instead of pleading for support. By portraying "unnatural behavior" as creative and imaginative intimacy, it bypasses sexual politics to expose a much more fundamental humanity.

Deux hommes font du naturisme en pleine nature; évidemment, ce n'est pas naturel! Ils y installent des éclairages de discothèque, réduisent Barthes à son essence homoérotique, et dansent dans des nuages de fumée répandue par des religieuses-fumeuses invétérées. Cette bande lyrique et humoristique célèbre la sensibilité gaie en faisant ébranler (enfin!) l'environnement dans toute sa spendeur.

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Critical Writing

Ennui en note
by Mario Côté. 24 Images, Winter 1991, no. 59.
Notes on William Wegman
by Maud Lavin. Artforum, Mar. 1975, v. 13, no. 7.