The Movies, Part II      November-December 2015
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    “Harness My Zebras!”

    Hollywood Biblical Epics brings together strains of gay and cinematic history that make for a very entertaining tour of American culture.

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    How Horror Thwarted ‘The Code’

    Film historians have found a number of scenes in which a lesbian subtext is evident in Dracula’s Daughter. The most obvious is a scene between Marya and her manservant Sandor.

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    The Secret Life of Action Films

    The 1950s was definitely not the best time for screenwriters to openly include gay characters or storylines in a film, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t secretly used. A perfect example of this hidden subtext is William Wyler’s Ben-Hur ...

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    Keeper of the Dead

    Wojnarowicz’ work is mediated to some degree by complex layers of symbolism and metaphor that can only be interpreted and understood through the lens of the AIDS epidemic.

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