Usually we are modeling the French, but this newly released French film, Les Nuits d’Ete or Summer Nights is modeled after Casa Susanna, the weekend retreat for girls like us in the Catskills back in the 50s. The book by the same name is available on Amazon and you can read about the book and the play on the above link. I’m hoping Summer Nights will eventually be released in the U.S. for its seems to be an accurate depiction of the transgender scene. You might also want to read my earlier article about Transgender Women in Paris of the 1950s and 60s. See for yourself in this film trailer
The story takes place in 1959 in Metz, France (northeast France near German/Luxembourg borders). Michel, a respectable provincial notary and his wife Helen, who divides his time between works charitable and education of their son, form an exemplary couple. The table would be banal if Michael did not conceal a dark secret: every weekend, it is absent in its second home to become Mylène watched by Flavia, an experienced and former transvestite Fellow of the phoney war. Under his influence, the place becomes Villa Mimi, a rallying point of a small community of men playing freely to be women
Like Casa Susanna, the girls of Villa Mimi look like women. They take seriously their need to express their feminine side. Perhaps it was the generation or the setting in the 1950s, but you see these men as the woman they are in these pictures from the film below. Enjoy.