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Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream

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Between 1917 and 1941, Hollywood studios, gossip columnists and novelists featured an unprecedented number of homosexuals, cross-dressers, and adulterers in their depictions of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle.

Actress Greta Garbo defined herself as the ultimate serial bachelorette. Screenwriter Mercedes De Acosta engaged in numerous lesbian relationships with the Hollywood elite. And countless homosexual designers brazenly picked up men in the hottest Hollywood nightclubs. Hollywood's image grew as a place of sexual abandon.

This book demonstrates how studios and the media used images of these sexually adventurous characters to promote the industry and appeal to the prurient interests of their audiences. Illustrations, notes, bibliography and index.

Review:

"In Hollywood Bohemians, Brett Abrams has provided all film historians with a brand new take on Hollywood. This social study should be must reading for all scholars. Rather than simplistic assertions, Abrams offers documents that will be new to all." Douglas Gomery, Professor of Journalism and Film Studies Emeritus, University of Maryland and author of Shared Pleases: A History of Movie Presentation In the United States and the Hollywood Studio System: A History

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Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, and author of Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C., (McFarland, 2009).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786439294
Author:
Abrams, Brett L.
Publisher:
McFarland & Company
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Bohemianism
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Subject:
Gay motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
247
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.60 in. .80 lbs.

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"Review" by , "In Hollywood Bohemians, Brett Abrams has provided all film historians with a brand new take on Hollywood. This social study should be must reading for all scholars. Rather than simplistic assertions, Abrams offers documents that will be new to all." Douglas Gomery, Professor of Journalism and Film Studies Emeritus, University of Maryland and author of Shared Pleases: A History of Movie Presentation In the United States and the Hollywood Studio System: A History
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