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How did Liberace’s costumes almost kill him? Which lesbian comedian spent her high school years as “the best white cheerleader in Detroit?” For these answers and more, fans can dip into The Queer Encyclopedia of Film, ...
How did Liberace’s costumes almost kill him? Which lesbian comedian spent her high school years as “the best white cheerleader in Detroit?” For these answers and more, fans can dip into The Queer Encyclopedia of Film, Theater, and Popular Culture. Drawn from the fascinating online encyclopedia of queer arts and culture, www.glbtq.com — which the Advocate dubbed “the Encyclopedia Brittaniqueer” — this may be the only reference book in which RuPaul and Jean Cocteau jostle for space. From the porn industry to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, from bodybuilding to Dorothy Arzner, it’s a queer, queer world, and The Queer Encyclopedia is the indispensable guide: readable, authoritative, and concise. And perfect to read by candelabra. (The answers to the two questions above: from the dry cleaning fumes, Lily Tomlin.)
Posted February 10, 2006
The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television, like the two other titles in Cleis Press's Queer Encyclopedia series, is an excellent reference book and also a great deal of fun. The book gives an abundance of information about queer film, from essays on actors and directors and screenwriters to entries on New Queer Cinema, Porn Stars, Stereotypes, and Film Spectatorship. The scope ranges from overviews of American Television, Australian Film, British Television, European Film, Asian Film, Japanese Film, etc. to entries on stars like Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead, Rock Hudson, Raymond Burr, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. The entries are accessbile but authoritative.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.