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Description - Coming Together: The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979 by Ryan Powell

In Coming Together, Ryan Powell captures the social and political vitality of the first wave of movies made by, for, and about male-desiring men in the United States between World War II and the 1980s. From the underground films of Kenneth Anger and the Gay Girls Riding Club to the gay liberation-era hardcore films and domestic dramas of Joe Gage and James Bidgood, Powell illuminates how central filmmaking and exhibition were to gay socializing and worldmaking. Unearthing scores of films and a trove of film-related ephemera, Coming Together persuasively unsettles popular histories that center Stonewall as a ground zero for gay liberation and visibility. Powell asks how this generation of movie-making-which defiantly challenged legal and cultural norms around sexuality and gender-provided, and may still provide, meaningful models for living.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226634371
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2019
Country of Publication: United States

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