The Movies      Sept-Oct 2015
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    What’s New Is How We View

    In an influential 1992 essay in The Village Voice, Rich coined the term “New Queer Cinema” to label what she saw as a new cinematic phenomenon, arising in the mid-1980s as a result of a technological advance, affordable high-quality camcorders, along with widespread outrage over the AIDS epidemic and the government’s disastrous response to that crisis.

  • Denny Fouts. Cover photo for the book under review.

    The Company He Kept Company

    Fouts was famous less for his own accomplishments than for those of the people who befriended him, took up with him, petted and paid his way. Testimony to his legendary beauty is offered in at least one photograph by George Platt Lynes ...

25 May 1969
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**WARNING** This photograph can only be reproduced by publications in conjunction with the promotion of the above film. For Printed Editorial Use Only, NO online or internet use.

    Make Me Over, or Ripley at Midnight

    Two acclaimed American films critique this myth of self-making specifically through the lens of gayness: John Schlesin-ger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (1997).

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    Notes on Porn

    Joe Gage (most famous for Kansas City Trucking Co.) is one of the auteurs of gay porn, known for concentrating on working-class, masculine men who do not fit into the top-bottom, butch-femme categories.

  • Minor White, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, 1957.

    Contemplating the Navel

    In 1989, thirteen years after Minor White died, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) held a retrospective titled Minor White: The Eye That Shapes. Ingrid Sischy wrote in The New Yorker that White had two bodies of work

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