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1st Edition

Bisexual Characters in Film
From Ana's to Zee

ISBN 9781560238942
Published January 30, 1997 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

How far have we progressed from the days when showing a film such as Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures landed the cinema’s programmer, projectionist, and ticket taker in jail? What are some of the hidden clues modern audiences are overlooking in older films that suggest a character’s bisexuality? Which famous actors, actresses, directors, and screenwriters were attracted to people of both sexes? In Bisexual Characters in Film, the first book to focus on the role of bisexual characters in film, you’ll find answers to these questions and many more as you explore, analyze, and celebrate 80 years of bisexual movie characters (and the people who have created them) from around the world. A lively, entertaining, and informative commentary, this book examines the treatment of bisexual film characters and shows you how that treatment has been affected by societal forces such as censorship, politics, religious prejudices, homophobia, and sexual stereotypes.

Bisexual Characters in Film looks at the contribution of bisexual people (and others who have had lovers of varying sexes) to the body of work available on film today. These include the directors, writers, actors, composers, and designers whose sexual orientation has informed their work. An analysis of the Motion Picture Production Code and its devastating effect on bisexual and homosexual screen images forms an important part of the book. You learn how, specifically, it eradicated gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters from Hollywood films as well as the role of bisexual, lesbian, and gay filmmakers in finally defeating it. Other questions you’ll find answers to include:

  • Who, or what, is a bisexual?
  • How were bisexual characters represented in silent film, before the forces of censorship banned them from the screen?
  • What bisexual myths and stereotypes are portrayed on film?
  • What is the role of “camp” in bisexual film?

    Bisexual Characters in Film is a unique resource for researchers; librarians; film festival planners; the queer media; professors and students of lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies; bisexual activists; and general bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgendered readers. It provides a much-needed view of bisexual representations in a major segment of our popular culture.

Table of Contents

Contents Who Is Bisexual?

  • In the Beginning
  • Breaking the Code
  • Lost in the Translation
  • Killers and Psychos and Queers! Oh My!
  • Bisexual as Victim
  • Wedded Bliss
  • Anything That Moves
  • Do the Hustle
  • Bi Camp
  • The Butt of the Joke
  • Oil and Water?
  • In Their Own Image
  • By the Bi
  • Afterword
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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