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LGBTQ+ Library Guide: Film & Video
Welcome to the LaGuardia Community College Library's guide to LGBTQ and queer studies resources. Here you'll find links to selected library resources both in print and online, as well as sources to help you with research.
The first book to focus on the connections between sexuality, activism, and documentary film. From film festivals to university campuses, from private homes to first-run theaters, people everywhere are viewing and discussing gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, and transgender films and videos. Between the Sheets, In the Streets considers these videos and films, testifying to the unavoidable connections between sexuality (the sheets) and activism (the streets) for all who identify as gay, lesbian, or queer in the 1990s. Among the topics discussed are representations of young queers on such shows as MTV's The Real World; pre-Stonewall films; portrayals of lesbians and aging; video activism in Oregon and the South; and the works of Derek Jarman, Su Friedrich, Cheryl Dunye, and Sadie Benning. A range of films and videos is examined, including Strangers in Good Company, Paris Is Burning, Juggling Gender, Silverlake Life, and Without You I'm Nothing.
Explores lesbians in film, from early representations to contemporary ones, spanning 25 films over 60 years and concentrating on lesbian desire and the lesbian subtext. The text details the films' narratives in conjunction with an examination of spectating positions and new syntheses of languages. Deploying femininist film criticism and material from psychoanalysis, the book explores narrative, identifications and desire. It discusses the masculinization of desire and speculates on alternatives to the socio-sexual order. From castration and agency to the fetishization of beauty, from mothering, narcissism and Oedipus to rage and trauma, the text discusses key issues for the constitution of the subject.
Fully revised, updated, and extended, the fifth edition of Hollywood's America provides an important compilation of interpretive essays and primary documents that allows students to read films as cultural artifacts within the contexts of actual past events. A new edition of this classic textbook, which ties movies into the broader narrative of US and film history This fifth edition contains nine new chapters, with a greater overall emphasis on recent film history, and new primary source documents which are unavailable online Entries range from the first experiments with motion pictures all the way to the present day Well-organized within a chronological framework with thematic treatments to provide a valuable resource for students of the history of American film
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, Bourne 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.
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.
Video: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
"Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin." , directed by Nancy Kates, and Bennett Singer. , produced by Bennett Singer, Nancy Kates, and Question Why Films. , California Newsreel, 2002. Alexander Street, https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/brother-outsider-the-life-of-bayard-rustin.
About this page
[based on Simmons College Library LibGuide} "Queer cinema is a fascinating and storied topic with a history going back to the first experimental films of the late nineteenth century. In this guide, you'll find primers on concepts like queercoding, representation, tropes and symbolism, and the queer gaze, along with more in-depth critiques analyzing specific films and filmmakers. In many ways, this guide seeks to create a queer archive of cinematic scholarship, consolidating a few of the most effective articles, books, and video essays on queer cinema.
This guide is organized by format, separating recommended texts into "Online Resources" and "Books." See the "Further Research" page for additional resources in queer cinematic scholarship and the "Sources" page for a list of MLA citations of all major resources included in this guide."