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Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969

Mann, William J.

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ISBN 10: 0670030171 / ISBN 13: 9780670030170
Published by Viking Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Fascinating history of gays in Hollywood, 1910-1969. Number line complete. A little bit of shelf pull on otherwise perfect dj. Photos of some gay icons. Bookseller Inventory # 000075

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Title: Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians ...

Publisher: Viking Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The first full accouning of the role of gays and lesbians in Hollywood argues that homosexuals were in fact a protected class in the film industry who had considerable power to shape the art and business of movie-making.

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If your last piece of golden-era Hollywood gossip is that Greta Garbo and Cecil Beaton kissed at a rooftop party, you need to steep yourself in William J. Mann's social history of gay Hollywood, a treasure trove of fresh anecdotes and observations of a period and place in which homosexuals enjoyed tremendous freedom and influence--within certain obvious limits. In choosing subjects for his study, Mann cast his net widely, hauling in a great number of uncelebrated but essential workers in the "queer" areas of the film industry--mainly costume design and props, but also writing, directing and acting. This is not principally a look at famous figures, in other words, but at a subculture as a whole, in which Dorothy Arzner, George Cukor, and Charles Laughton are just part of larger circles of gay life and work. Certain to become essential to gay film studies, Behind the Scenes provides a rich, accessible history of pre-Stonewall Hollywood. --Regina Marler

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