The Crawford Myth: Notes on Joan Crawford Part Two
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The Crawford Myth: Notes on Joan Crawford Part Two

‘…In 1931, the tale begins with Possessed,  when she shouts to Clark Gable bejeweled and in her latest finery, ‘Common! Thats what I am, common! And I like it!’ The audiences cheer, they congratulate themselves as though they had invented her story themselves, not knowing there are those paid to do the task. They watch … Continue reading

The Music Lovers, The Greatest Film Addressing Homosexuality That You’ve Never Seen.
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The Music Lovers, The Greatest Film Addressing Homosexuality That You’ve Never Seen.

Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers (1970) is a cruel, brief taste of what representations of LGBT characters could, and would have been if the tidal wave of AIDS had not clashed the shores of culture, taking productive, yet fragile years of progress with it. Russell faces stereotypes and conceptions of homosexuality like Saint George to … Continue reading

The Crawford Myth: Notes on Joan Crawford Part One
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The Crawford Myth: Notes on Joan Crawford Part One

Joan Crawford is by all accounts, an American Ghost. As the years pass, Her androgyny glares demonically from those Vulcan eyebrows, pale face and quarter back shoulder pads, giving her the look of a monstrous phantom, that we are assured, was considered beautiful a century ago. But she is not a creature of looks alone. … Continue reading

Excerpt from ‘Happy Fingers: Sexual and Political Odyssey in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’
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Excerpt from ‘Happy Fingers: Sexual and Political Odyssey in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’

It was destined for cult status before the cameras barely rolled. A script from a living cult icon in his own right, a film that caused Columbia’s studio executives panic from the first rushes. A dismal Hollywood Premiere where half the patrons angrily walked out. 1953’s The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T was by all … Continue reading