Dec 29, 2013
The Triplets of Belleville: Jazz-Age Lesbians and the Androgynous M
In the bustling city of Belleville, she encounters the Triplets, a famous jazz act of the 1930s now fallen on bad times. They eke out a living as a novelty "acoustic" band, making music with a refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, and newspaper. Madame Souza joins the act with a bicycle wheel, and eventually they become successful again.
There is very little dialogue. The characters are drawn grotesquely, so there's no beefcake. So what's the gay connection?
1. No one expresses the slightest heterosexual interest, ever.
3. Flashbacks show them performing in a Jazz Age nightclub, along with gay and bisexual icons like Josephine Baker, Glenn Gould, and Hoagy Carmichael.
He tells a psychiatrist about various ways to spend the last years of his life: in Singapore eating petit-fours, in Katmandu playing a "dou," and most significantly, in Acapulco, dancing with a gigolo ( a male prostitute).
The English lyrics closet the verse to "dancing cheek-to-cheek."
But then he decides that he wants to be "wicked, twisted, swinging," like a Triplet of Belleville.
This irks the psychiatrist, who straitjackets him and gives him a tranquilizer injection. That's the fate of those who try to escape gender and sexual confomity, like the Triplets of Belleville.