Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
William Mann's Behind the Screen is a thoughtful and eye-opening look at the totality of the gay experience in studio-era Hollywood. Much has been written about how gays have been portrayed in the movies but no book -- until now -- has looked at their influence behind the screen. Whether out of or in the closet, gays and lesbians have from the very beginning played a significant role in shaping Hollywood. Gay actors were among the earliest matinee idols and gay directors have long been among the most popular and commercially successful filmmakers. In fact, gay set and costume designers created the very look of Hollywood.
With this landmark book, Mann fills a void in the Hollywood history archives. Written in the tradition of Neal Gabler's An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood and based on hundreds of hours of interviews with survivors of this golden age, Behind the Screen is destined to become a classic of film literature.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bla2 - LibraryThing
As a historian I found this book lacking the clarity and strength in sources that appear in the biographies that he has written. As a social history this lacks sufficient sources to make some of the arguments. He also uses sources that would be better used in a cultural history. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sumirechan - LibraryThing
Fascinating and readable. Examines the subject field by field (screenwriters, set designers, directors) and era by era (early Hollywood, WWII, twilight of the studio system). Sources are clearly cited, whether they're dinner-party stories recalled from memory or period employment records. Read full review
THE GAY DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS
OF THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS 19351955
THE GAY AWAKENING DURING WORLD WAR II
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