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Coming Together: The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979
by Ryan Powell
University of Chicago Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-226-63423-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-63437-1 | eISBN: 978-0-226-63440-1
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.H55P69 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.436526642

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Coming Together, Ryan Powell captures the social and political vitality of the first wave of movies made by, for, and about male-desiring men in the United States between World War II and the 1980s. From the underground films of Kenneth Anger and the Gay Girls Riding Club to the gay liberation-era hardcore films and domestic dramas of Joe Gage and James Bidgood, Powell illuminates how central filmmaking and exhibition were to gay socializing and worldmaking. Unearthing scores of films and a trove of film-related ephemera, Coming Together persuasively unsettles popular histories that center Stonewall as a ground zero for gay liberation and visibility.  Powell asks how this generation of movie-making—which defiantly challenged legal and cultural norms around sexuality and gender—provided, and may still provide, meaningful models for living.
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