Wednesday, March 06, 2019

"Goodbye Charley": a gay highschool athlete experiences the afterlife, only visible to his lover

Goodbye, Charley”, a six-minute short film by Nate Trinrud, with Austin McKenzie as Charley, is a supernatural story about the afterlife.

Charley, a star baseball player, is shown transparent walking around the high school, walking through students as they prepare for his memorial assembly.

Only his lover, also on the team, can actually see him, as they say goodbye in a final scene.

The film was shot at the University of Southern California.

The film does not specify the cause of death.

The film is loosely based on the 1964 comedy by  Vincente Minnelli for 20th Century Fox Cinemascope.  Charlie (Debbie Reynolds) is first a male screenwriter who is shot by a jealous husband at sea and comes back to life as a woman, while his best friend, a novelist (Tony Curtis) puts his affairs in order.  The transgender theme is definitely ahead of its time, which was quite homophobic still. 

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