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Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 By William J. Mann,

  • Title: Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
  • Author: William J. Mann
  • ISBN: 9780670030170
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 signiWilliam 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.
    Behind the Screen How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 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 movi

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    1. 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 packagers Has a lot changed Well, a bit, but we still read aboutnew heart throbs and their bogus romantic lives.Hollywood has always been a small town wit [...]

    2. 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 films.William Mann takes Vito s work several steps further by tracking down and telling the stories of the ga [...]

    3. 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 quite a few movies I ve always meant to check outalthough this was written first 2001 , William Mann does for the gay lesbian film industry what Christopher Bram does for gays in the literary scene in Eminent Outlaws The Gay Writers Who Changed America 2012

    4. 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 somet [...]

    5. 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 Alldirectors, actors, writers and the technical people seem to either be gay or have gay friends and thought nothing of it I have always had this belief that the reason there are so many gays in all the arts is they have special gifts of artistic talent One of my dearest friends and [...]

    6. 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 and or 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 in the margin, so I felt like i was gaining added perspective and insight have rea [...]

    7. 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 Depression era backlash of the 1930s, the liberal war years of the 1940s, the area of McCarthy and the blacklist in the 1950s, up to Stonewall in 1969 and beyond.William J Mann, one of the great Hollywood historians, gives a fantastically comprehensive o [...]

    8. A broad, and at times, overwhelming, look at the impact gays and lesbians had on Hollywood And spoiler alert, it was pretty much everyone If you like them, they were gay The book is heavily slanted towards men, but that is a product of it being easier to discern gay men from a sociological perspective The author s methodology is meticulous and the conclusions he draws about the way homophobia ebbed and flowed are solid and fascinating A must read for any classic film fan, really.

    9. I am an obsessive fanatic 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.

    10. He presumed that I know a lot names than I actually do, but it was pretty fascinating It wasn t interesting enough to read straight through, but grabbing out a chapter or person here and there was great A few of them were big names, but most weren t and I enjoyed reading their stories.

    11. 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.

    12. I found this book to be fascinating I really enjoyed the author s take on the subject It made me want to read on the topic At times, the author is a bit repetitive in phrasing, but his overarching argument was strong.

    13. 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.

    14. Guess I was expecting on actors This is about as the title says the folks behind the scenes Well written.

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