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Gay Directors, Gay Films?Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters$
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Emanuel Levy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152761

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152761.001.0001

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Gay Directors—Who’s Looking and How?

(p.325) Conclusion
Gay Directors, Gay Films?

Emanuel Levy

Pedro Almodóvar

Terence Davies

Todd Haynes

Gus Van Sant

John Waters

Columbia University Press

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

Keywords:   Gay Gaze, Gay Authorship, Defining Gay Film?, Reading of Gay Films, Gay and Straight Spectators

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