Once upon a time, men of a certain age who had never married were simply known as bachelors. If you think that innocent era is long gone, think again. Bachelors are back in a surprising number of current movies featuring characters whose sexuality is, to say the least, ambiguous. Studios and producers are running scared these days, partly because of the conservative political climate, and partly because of a stubborn obsession with the bottom line. The fastidious treatment of homosexuality is just one indication of this skittish mood. Homosexuality has a tortured, tortuous history in Hollywood, so the latest furtive trend is just another chapter in an ongoing saga of subterfuge.
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Boomer's Beefcake and Bonding: Laurel and Hardy: s Gay Couple
This work challenges the orthodox view of Laurel and Hardy as "innocent" slapstick clowns suitable mainly for children. Through a detailed, film-by-film analysis, the author reveals Stan and Ollie as complex characters whose role-play involves not only ambiguities of age and class but gender reversal and mock-eroticism as well. The book includes a concordance of gags and situations in the team's movies. This book will fascinate not only Laurel and Hardy buffs but anyone interested in sexual politics and the cinema. Convert currency.
Another Fine Dress: Role-play in the Films of Laurel and Hardy (Lesbian and Gay Studies)
Enter Patsy Kelly. The relationship of Kelly to Todd—pigeonholed as her sidekick but the catalyst for most of their adventures, with a taste for transgression surpassing basic slapstick necessity—adds a charged ambiguity to their sunny-single-girl-with-quirky-friend dynamic, like Mary and Rhoda with different notions of how to make it after all. In their first, highly representative teaming, Beauty and the Bus , the pals who always used their real names on screen win a car in a raffle; Patsy dares Thelma to speed, goads a cop into writing them a ticket, demolishes another roadster, and disavows all blame with a snarl.
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