Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video (Paperback)

Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video (Paperback)

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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.

From Booklist

Broad-ranging, informative, and entertainingly written, this reference source covers 200 gay, bisexual, and lesbian actors and directors as well as more than 3,000 films and videos with gay themes. The book's scope also extends to such straight people as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand who are popular in gay culture. Murray's emphasis is on American and English films, although he does have selective coverage of European and Asian cinema. Films included in the book must be at least 60 minutes in length and have "a gay theme that is relatively evident."

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.