Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930 - 1971

Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930 - 1971

by Stephen Bourne

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Overview

For many years, lesbian and gay representation in British cinema escaped the attention of critics and historians. Informative and entertaining, Brief Encounters examines performers, directors and a wide range of films to reveal a cinema more varied, vital and sensuous than we could have imagined.

Through a close reading of mid-twentieth century British films, Bourbane explores a range of lesbian and gay screen images from movies including Soldiers of the King, Pygmalion, In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes and A Hard Day's Night. In addition, he looks in detail at the ground-breaking Victim and brings together the moving reminiscences of gay men who first saw the film in the hostile climate of 1961, and the reactions of contemporary critics.

This fluent chronology of over 150 famous, half-remembered and forgotten films is a testament to the contribution of gays and lesbian to British cinema culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474291330
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Series: Film Studies: Bloomsbury Academic Collections
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 16.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen Bourbane is a writer, film and social historian specialising in black culture.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
Victim
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
Appendix
The Victim Letters
The Critics' Reaction to Victim
Bibliography
Index of Film Titles
Index of Names

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