Coming Together -

Coming Together

The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979

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In Coming Together, Ryan Powell captures the social and political vitality of the first wave of movies made by, for, and about male-desiring men in the United States between World War II and the 1980s. From the underground films of Kenneth Anger and the Gay Girls Riding Club to the gay liberation-era hardcore films and domestic dramas of Joe Gage and James Bidgood, Powell illuminates how central filmmaking and exhibition were to gay socializing and worldmaking. Unearthing scores of films and a trove of film-related ephemera, Coming Together persuasively unsettles popular histories that center Stonewall as a ground zero for gay liberation and visibility. Powell asks how this generation of movie-making-which defiantly challenged legal and cultural norms around sexuality and gender-provided, and may still provide, meaningful models for living.

Product code: 9780226634371

ISBN 9780226634371
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 264
Publisher The University of Chicago Press
On Sale Date 15/07/2019