Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America / Edition 1by Harry M. Benshoff
Pub. Date: 10/28/2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
From Thomas Edison's first cinematic experiments to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, Queer Images chronicles the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer sexualities over one hundred years of American film. The most up-to-date and comprehensive book of its kind, it explores not only the ever-changing images of queer characters onscreen, but also the… See more details below
From Thomas Edison's first cinematic experiments to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, Queer Images chronicles the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer sexualities over one hundred years of American film. The most up-to-date and comprehensive book of its kind, it explores not only the ever-changing images of queer characters onscreen, but also the work of queer filmmakers and the cultural histories of queer audiences. Queer Images surveys a wide variety of films, individuals, and subcultures, including the work of discreetly homosexual filmmakers during Hollywood's Golden Age; classical Hollywood's (failed) attempt to purge "sex perversion" from films; the development of gay male camp in Hollywood cinema; queer exploitation films and gay physique films; the queerness of 1960s Underground Film practice; independent lesbian documentaries and experimental films; cinematic responses to the AIDS crisis; the rise and impact of New Queer Cinema; the growth of LGBT film festivals; and how contemporary Hollywood deals with queer issues. This entertaining and insightful book reveals how the meaning of sexual identity—as reflected on the silver screen—has changed a great deal over the decades, and it celebrates both the pioneers and contemporary practitioners of queer film in America. Queer Images is an essential volume for film buffs and anyone interested in sexuality and culture.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: What Is Queer Film History? Chapter 2 1 From Pansies to Predators: Queer Characters in Early American Cinema Chapter 3 2 Discreet Charms: Queer Filmmakers in Classical Hollywood Chapter 4 3 Those Wonderful People Out There in the Dark: Queer Audiences and Classical Hollywood Cinema Chapter 5 4 Fear and Loathing in Postwar Hollywood Chapter 6 5 Exploitation or Art? Queer Films beyond Hollywood Chapter 7 6 Hollywood and the Sexual Revolution Chapter 8 7 Producing Pride: Queers Make Movies Chapter 9 8 Out of the Closet and into the Art House Chapter 10 9 A Matter of Life and Death: AIDS, Activism, Film, and Video Chapter 11 10 Hollywood Is Burning: New Queer Cinema Chapter 12 11 Queer Eye for the Straight Hollywood Executive Chapter 13 12 Queer Independent Film at the Turn of the Millennium Chapter 14 Select Bibliography
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