Beautiful People (1988)


34-minute silent film by David Wojnarowicz and Jesse Hultberg. Summary by Moving Image Info: "[Jesse Hultberg] played the sole character... the film follows on his journey from awakening in his apartment in New York City, dressing in drag, hailing a cab and traveling to a lake in upstate New York. The black and white film turns to color the moment the central character touches the lake. Seemingly lured by the beauty of nature, the fully clothed figure walks into the water and disappears.
The film explores the complexity of choosing to identify as ‘other’ with both humor and tragedy. The viewer is asked to contemplate the beauty of transgression and the desperate need for acceptance by society.The conflicts at the end of the film are left unresolved as it is unclear if the main character swims off to a new destiny or sinks beneath the water."