This revised and updated 1998 edition of Raymond Murray's award-winning book reviews over 3000 films and videos made up until that point in time. As a companion to gay and lesbian cinema, it also covers LGBTQ directors, gay characters and plots, sympathetic filmmakers, and queer icons. Listing films from around the world throughout the medium's history, the book documents efforts by individuals who either openly or discreetly produced films with gay or lesbian themes or portrayed gay or lesbian characters, as well as gays and lesbians who portrayed straight characters.
Images in the Dark is organized into nine chapters, the first three of which consist of entries dealing with directors, actors, and writers, artists, dancers, and composers.
Each entry summarizes in several paragraphs the person's contributions to film and discusses his or her private life. Following this, the person's films are listed chronologically, noting the year released, running time, and country of origin; each film is also annotated briefly with evaluative comments. The remainder of the book covers films with gay themes. Four chapters are organized by audience: of interest to both gays and lesbians; to gays alone; to lesbians alone; and to "transsexuals, transvestites and drag queens . . . and their fans." The following chapter deals with "cheesy films that feature gay, lesbian or transgendered characters." The last chapter covers "films with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters in secondary or bit roles and/or films which make references to homosexuality." In the chapters focusing on films, entries contain information on year released, running time, country of origin, and director. The annotations for these films are somewhat longer than those for films appearing in the biographical chapters.
- Publisher : Tl Video Managment Inc; 1st Printing edition (October 1, 1994)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 573 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1880707012
- ISBN-13 : 978-1880707012
- Item Weight : 2.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
NOTE: All copies are used but in excellent condition.