Widescreen dreams: growing up gay at the movies

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University of Wisconsin Press, May 21, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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In 1973, a sweet-tempered, ferociously imaginative ten-year-old boy named Patrick Horrigan saw the TV premiere of the film version of Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand. His life would never be the same. Widescreen Dreams: Growing Up Gay at the Movies traces Horrigan's development from childhood to gay male adulthood through a series of visceral encounters with an unexpected handful of Hollywood movies from the 1960s and 1970s: Hello Dolly!, The Sound of Music, The Poseidon Adventure, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Wiz. Book jacket.

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In this work, which combines autobiography with film and queer criticism, Patrick Horrigan represents how films such as "Hello, Dolly," "The Sound of Music," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Wiz," and "Funny ... Read full review

Widescreen dreams: growing up gay at the movies

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This memoir began as an experiment in merging cultural studies with autobiography, and it succeeds beautifully. Horrigan transforms a series of his critical writings on film into a touching and ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Horrigan is associate professor of English at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.