Ernest and Bertram
Ernest & Bertram is a 2002 tragic comedy short film written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actor Peter Spears. The film spoofs Sesame Street characters Ernie and Bert. The film is based on Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, and depicts Bert and Ernie after they are outed by Variety magazine. Although the film was a success at the Sundance Film Festival and the U.S Comedy Arts Festival, it kept from further distribution when Sesame Workshop served the film's producers with a cease and desist order for copyright violation.
|Ernest and Bertram|
|Directed by||Peter Spears|
|Produced by||Peter Spears|
|Screenplay by||Peter Spears and TC Smith|
|Based on||Sesame Street, The Children's Hour|
|Cinematography||Aaron Barnes, Thomas Richter|
|Edited by||Steven Friedland|
When the film starts, Miss Piggy has discontinued a romantic relationship with Bert when rumors of the roommates being gay hit the media. After Ernie arrives home, the two converse, and upon learning of the break-up, reveals that he does love Bert "that way." Bert seems not to share this sentiment, resulting in Ernie's suicide.
- Goodridge, Michael (July 23, 2002), "The best films you can't see: Ernest & Bertram is the latest in a series of acclaimed queer films banned from public view because their makers stepped on some famous toes", The Advocate
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