Since the publication of Vito Russo's seminal study, The Celluloid Closet, in 1981, much has been written about the representation of queer characters on screen. Until now, however, relatively little attention has been paid to how queer sexualities were portrayed in films from the silent and early sound period. By looking in detail at a succession of recently-found films and revisiting others, Shane Brown examines images of male-male intimacy, buddy relationships, and romantic friendships in European and American films made prior to 1934, including Different from the Others and All Quiet on the Western Front. He places these films within their socio-political and scientific context to shed new light on how they were intended to be viewed and how they were actually perceived. In doing so, Brown offers his readers a unique insight into a little known area of early cinema, queer studies, and social history.
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About the Author
Shane Brown is an associate lecturer in the School of Film, Media and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, where he received his PhD. in 2013. He has published writing on personalities, such as Jack Pickford, Boris Karloff, and Elvis Presley.
Table of Contents
1 Seen But Not Heard: Representations of Gay Men in European Cinema, 1916-28 17
2 'Laughing at him will do as much to cure him as compulsory football': American Film, the Sissy and the Fop 49
3 Romantic Friendships and the College Film 81
4 'Wonderful, Terrible Days': The War Film and Depictions of the Buddy Relationship 113
5 Madmen, Murderers and Monsters: Queerness in the Early Horror Film 143