Gay Directors—Who’s Looking and How?
The contribution and impact of gay directors on queer as well as dominant cinema from two perspectives, the mainstreaming of indie gay films on the one hand and the queering of Hollywood and Western filmmaking. Thematic comparison and contrast of the five directors, four of whom have centered on women, specifically deconstructing the role of the housewife in various social classes and and national cultures. The consistent collaboration of these directors with particular performers, Almodovar with Carmen Maura and Penelope Cruz, Todd Haynes with Julianne Moore, John Waters with Divine. The influence of iconic gay writers and filmmakers (Tennessee Williams, Jean Genet, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol) and heterosexual directors (Bunuel, Hitchcock, Tashlin) on this quintet of filmmakers
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