March 22, 2011
The Politics of Difference in Films  Race  Gender  Sexual Preference The issue here is whether Hollywood-made or other ...
The Politics of Sexual Preference inFilms  How are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals   (GLBTs) represented in f...
Lesbian/Gay Stereotypes The Sissy (male with effeminate mannerisms) Girls in Prison (thinly veiled allusions)
Serious Films That Deal withMale Homosexuality The Boys in the Band    (1970)   Kiss of the Spider    Woman (1985)   Ma...
Common Themes in Serious Filmsabout Gays Risk of AIDS monogamous relationships vs. promiscuity violations of civil righ...
Films about Lesbians The Children’s Hour (1961) Personal Best (1982) Lianna (1983) Basic Instinct (1992) Claire of th...
Famous Gay Actors Peter Lorre Laurence Olivier Tony Curtis Rock Hudson Raymond Burr Anthony Perkins Ian McKellen
Famous Lesbian Actresses Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich Tallulah Bankhead Louise Brooks Lily Tomlin Anne Heche Dre...
Openly Gay Directors John Waters    Pink Flamingos    Female Trouble    Polyester    Hairspray    Serial Mom Andy W...
Openly Lesbian Directors Dorothy Arzner (Working Girls, The Bride Wore Red) Sally Potter (Tango Lessons, Orlando) Rose ...
Issues in the Politics of Difference inHollywood Films Misrepresentation Under-representation Too many cliches about th...
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  1. 1. March 22, 2011
  2. 2. The Politics of Difference in Films  Race  Gender  Sexual Preference The issue here is whether Hollywood-made or other types of films can directly confront these types of issues -- and, if so, under what conditions.
  3. 3. The Politics of Sexual Preference inFilms  How are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals (GLBTs) represented in films?  What sorts of stories about GLBTs get made into films?  Do GLBTs have positions of power in the making of Hollywood films (or other types of films)?
  4. 4. Lesbian/Gay Stereotypes The Sissy (male with effeminate mannerisms) Girls in Prison (thinly veiled allusions)
  5. 5. Serious Films That Deal withMale Homosexuality The Boys in the Band (1970) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) Maurice (1987) Philadelphia (1993) The Bird Cage (1996) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Wilde (1997)
  6. 6. Common Themes in Serious Filmsabout Gays Risk of AIDS monogamous relationships vs. promiscuity violations of civil rights of gays change in the legal environment  staying in the closet vs. defiance of laws outlawing homosexuality  coming out of the closet in a more permissive environment
  7. 7. Films about Lesbians The Children’s Hour (1961) Personal Best (1982) Lianna (1983) Basic Instinct (1992) Claire of the Moon (1992) Chasing Amy (1997) <>
  8. 8. Famous Gay Actors Peter Lorre Laurence Olivier Tony Curtis Rock Hudson Raymond Burr Anthony Perkins Ian McKellen
  9. 9. Famous Lesbian Actresses Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich Tallulah Bankhead Louise Brooks Lily Tomlin Anne Heche Drew Barrymore Angelina Jolie
  10. 10. Openly Gay Directors John Waters  Pink Flamingos  Female Trouble  Polyester  Hairspray  Serial Mom Andy Warhol Edith Marshall Divine  Heat
  11. 11. Openly Lesbian Directors Dorothy Arzner (Working Girls, The Bride Wore Red) Sally Potter (Tango Lessons, Orlando) Rose Troche (Go Fish) Patricia Rozema (Personal Best, Lianna, Desert Hearths) Monika Treut (Seduction: The Cruel Woman, My Father is Coming)
  12. 12. Issues in the Politics of Difference inHollywood Films Misrepresentation Under-representation Too many cliches about the group in stories chosen for films Need for a greater variety of voices in the media generally vs. the essentially commercial motivations of the industry

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