Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann


  • Hardcover
  • 422
  • Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
  • William J. Mann
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9780670030170

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  1. says: Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann

    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann A fine sociological survey on how Hollywood shapedand reflected America The foreground is sexual butthis study which sometimes tries to encompass toomuch uses the cultural and political climate as arevealing background The story stops in 1969 and anew chapter or book could be written as the studioshave crumbled and power lies with agents and packagersHas a lot changed ? Well a bit but we still read aboutnew heart throbs and their bogus r

  2. says: Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann

    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann In 1981 Vito Russo published a pioneering analysis of homosexuality in the movies The Celluloid Closet later made into a documentary which is a different animal and no substitute for the book which I read and reviewed with a rave here in 2009 That book brilliantly read the codes of gayness that creators in the re

  3. says: William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Characters É eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ William J. Mann Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann

    Read Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary a little over my head but great resource and immense amount of knowledge for those interested in this topic I only recognized a handful of actors and actresses' names; however it brought up uite a few movies I've always meant to check outalthough this was written first 2001 William Mann does for the gaylesbian film industry what Chr

  4. says: William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann

    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann Read Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Regarding his movie making philosophy producer Ross Hunter once said “You might just as well have a murder take place o

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    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann Read Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 I found this book very interesting For the record I am a straight middle aged white woman who loves the 'old' Hollywood especially the silent era It is fascinating to read how open and overt the gays were in those days Alld

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    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann Characters É eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ William J. Mann William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Really informative and entertaining overview of how the GL community influenced hollywood and filmmaking what i particularly liked about it was that it didn't just focus on actors andor writers it also talked in detail about directors designers agents and press reps which gives a complete view of the environment i got the book out of the library and someone had written additional facts or desputed the author's

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    William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Characters É eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ William J. Mann Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann Fantastic historical study of gays in Hollywood from 1910 to 1969 Whether as actors directors producers writers set decorators or publicists gays helped to shape American movies living through many cultural changes the liberal 1920s the Depress

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    Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann I am an obsessivefanatic classic movie fan and especially relish the behind the scenes anecdotes stories and gossip Knowing the weaknesses and strengths of my idols gives them a approachable human characteristic I have read this book with relish and enjoyed it very much I reread it often I would recommend it to all classic movie fans who want to know in depth knowledge of their silver screen idols I give it

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    Read Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 (E–pub/E–book) ✓ William J. Mann A broad and at times overwhelming look at the impact gays and lesbians had on Hollywood And spoiler alert it was pretty much everyon

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    William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Characters É eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ William J. Mann Read Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 I think Mann is the most gifted Hollywood historian today I'd read anything he published and his first book I think is an insightful look at gay culture and its influence on the Golden Age of Hollywood Must read

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Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969

William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Characters â eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 a. In 1981 Vito Russo published a pioneering analysis of homosexuality in the movies The Celluloid Closet later made into a documentary which is a different animal and no substitute for the book which I read and reviewed with a rave here in 2009 That book brilliantly read the codes of gayness that creators in the repressive time of Hollywood s censorious golden age slipped into mainstream filmsWilliam Mann takes Vito s work several steps further by tracking down and telling the stories of the gay and lesbian men and women who worked within that system from the biggest stars producers directors and writers to the little people behind the scenes who decorated the sets and designed the costumes showing how their own lives and attitudes informed their creative work and what audiences saw on the screen Even though it is not as scintillatingly written as Vito s classic Mann s meticulously researched book is every bit as important and significant a much needed and enormously enlightening history of a subculture that shaped the iconic images seen by millions while doing its best to survive both in a Hollywood and in a general social order hostile to the desires and identities of its individuals This is essential reading for anyone who is the slightest bit interested in movies or in the struggles of gays and lesbians in the 20th century I was surprised at just how much I learned from reading this and I learned a LOTOne thing that Mann discovers in his uest for the overall story of Hollywood s gay and lesbian creatives is that Hollywood during its pre Stonewall history was probably the best and safest place on earth for someone in the life to be But being there of course also reuired a balancing act of being circumspect and in the closet just enough to not bring unwanted attention to your employer the studios Mann deeply examines the politics and the psychology and the morality of the times how gays and straights blended in the social and professional mix which jobs gay men and women were most likely to take in the studios how different stars and crew handled their particular lifestyle and professional challenges and a whole lot In his investigation he finds amazing stories and even some heroes and heroines as well as some tragic figures It is Hollywood after all Mann fills in great gaps in the biographical record telling the stories of neglected and important figures for the first time And if nothing else the book offers the most complete listing I ve ever read of who was gay in Hollywood including some people I had never thought were Such was the triumph and enduring legacy of the Hollywood publicity machine Image as many Hollywood gays realized was everything I had intended to go into depth but suffice it to say the book is pretty amazing though the density of information and the sheer number of names and mini bios presented made it a tad slow going But this is a great book of Hollywood history and goes right to the top of my essential movie reading list MagnifiueA postscript I don t think this is either a spoiler or an outing but when Mann released this book in 2001 he mentioned on page 259 his failure to secure an interview with a major unnamed star of the 1940s who at that time of the writing of this book was still alive and still in the closet Taking the bare hints he gives I was able to ascertain that he was talking about Van Johnson MGM s heartthrob of the bobbysoxers and for a couple of years the number two star at the box office When Johnson died in 2008 it was noted in the press that he was indeed closeted among the general public but well known in gay circles to be gay Maybe this will be updated if Mann ever publishes another edition

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William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Characters â eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Nd 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 HollywoodWith th. Regarding his movie making philosophy producer Ross Hunter once said You might just as well have a murder take place on an Oriental rug as on someone s dirty linoleum This pretty well sums up the attitude of most of the folks who manufactured style for the masses in an industry built upon a foundation of glorious illusion the dream factories of Hollywood s golden age Vito Russo has illustrated how one of its most monumental illusions was the non existence of homosexuals but what comes as something of a shock as revealed in Behind the Screen is the extent to which gay artists who plied their multifarious trades on every level of the business happily and contentedly contributed to that illusion perpetuating a synthetic image at the seeming expense of gay visibility Even that most celebrated of ueer iconoclasts James Whale made films informed not so much by sexual politics as by a consciousness inspired by his idiosyncrasy Ah but uelle idiosyncrasy It s what gave words to Norma Desmond Charles Brackett s and shape to the Yellow Brick Road Jack Moore s It s what prompted set decorator George James Hopkins to remark I would be held back having to think of technicalities instead of giving my imagination free rein It s what makes the great Hollywood films a hell of a lot fabulous than they might have been if such a thing is imaginable without the contribution of homosexuals Behind the Screen celebrates that contribution and illustrates through many entertaining informative and well chosen anecdotes and personal recollections how in the end gay Hollywood managed to articulate itself on the silver screen without ever really trying to do so In that respect Mr Mann s is a most triumphant and liberating accomplishmentDozens of extraordinary characters are marched through the pages of Behind some of them so individually fascinating they deserve full blown biographical treatment Among these are Anderson Lawler live in lover of a youthful Gary Cooper and professional beard for many a dateless and as often as not lesbian luminary and actress Lilyan Tashman the biggest dyke Tinseltown had ever seen who said of her happy marriage to the eually gay Edmund Lowe with tongue apparently in cheek I pride myself that I interest him than any other woman The history of homosexuals and their artistic contribution to Hollywood s classic films is one that has gone largely unexplored I was tempted to end that last sentence with the words until now as that phrase and all the breathless grandiosity it implies is employed no less that half a dozen times in the course of this volume Why the fine author of this impressive tome as well as the masterful 1998 biography of Billy Haines Wisecracker should feel the need to repeatedly blow his own horn while deliberately overlooking the efforts of David Ehrenstein 1998 s excellent Open Secret and indirectly smearing those of some others Axel Madsen s 1995 The Sewing Circle is uite inexplicable but don t let that stop you from purchasing and enjoying this otherwise marvelous book

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William J. Mann ☆ 8 Summary Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Characters â eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Is 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 literatu. I am an obsessivefanatic classic movie fan and especially relish the behind the scenes anecdotes stories and gossip Knowing the weaknesses and strengths of my idols gives them a approachable human characteristic I have read this book with relish and enjoyed it very much I reread it often I would recommend it to all classic movie fans who want to know in depth knowledge of their silver screen idols I give it a 4 star rating