Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos
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Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos

Christmas U.S.A is a work of utter privacy, operating, thriving in a filmic universe of unnoticed corners, secluded rooms, forests and darkly lit row houses, even the outside world seems filtered through the eyes of a lingering phantom. Gregory J Markopoulos might be Queer cinemas most elusive phantom of them all. An Ohioan born in … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge
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Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis. (雪之丞変化) An Actors Revenge, sometimes known in English as Revenge of a Kabuki Actor,  was a film of little significance when it was produced in 1963. Director Kon Ichikawa was forced to direct it by the powers that be at Daiei Studios after a string of … Continue reading

Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative
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Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative

The Wizard of Oz is the story of a Kansas girl swept away to the magical Land of Oz filled with flying monkeys, talking lions and a Wicked Witch. Desperate Living is a film about a mentally insane housewife who murders her husband, ending up in the land of Mortville filled with criminals, lesbians, and … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses
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Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis.  Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列, Bara no Sōretsu) was the first approved Japanese film to portray homosexuality. Released in 1969  and apparently expected to be a commercial release, this was Experimental film-maker Shuji Matsumoto’s first full length feature, and as far from the commercial drudgery … Continue reading

The Faded Woman, Part 1: Origins, Dickens, and Sunset Blvd.
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The Faded Woman, Part 1: Origins, Dickens, and Sunset Blvd.

The Faded Woman is a powerful myth and one that finds itself central to some of the most famous contributions in Western Culture, especially literature and film. She is a living phantom, one of a typically vampiric, manipulative and controlling nature. She procures victims, mostly young males, with the pretenses of money, prestige and seduction. … 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