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Coming Together – The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Coming Together: The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979

Ryan Powell


This book is a historiographic exploration of the first wave of films made as a part of the consolidation of gay liberation movement politics and philosophy in the U.S. between the mid 1940s and the late 1970s. It looks at how numerous kinds of film, movie-going contexts and industrial materials (advertisements, posters, reviews) operated in relation to gay liberationist discourse. A primary consideration is how this body of 200+ films—including home movies, avant-garde and experimental films, feature length independent dramas, and hardcore porn—moved beyond representational concerns to offer ... More

Keywords: gay liberation movement, historiography, film, gay advertisements, hardcore, censorship, counterculture, homosexuality, postwar, avant-garde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226634234
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226634401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Powell, author
Indiana University, Bloomington

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