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Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon

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This lively, opinionated, and playful look at the movies is a must-read for film buffs, and for anyone interested in gender, sexuality, and popular culture. One thing's for sure. After reading Flaming Classics you'll know you're definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Routledge (first published May 2000)
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Allison Hawn
May 07, 2014 Allison Hawn rated it really liked it
This was definitely an interesting look into some classical, rather iconic, films. I particularly enjoyed the analysis of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

However, I do feel that the author was reaching a bit in places. While I believe that studying subtext, particularly subtexts that may have been included as a form of subversion to perceived cultural norms, is important, I also think it must be tempered a little with the reality that sometimes a prop choice was based off of nothing more than it's wh
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Salome Wilde
Oct 20, 2012 Salome Wilde rated it it was amazing
I just adore this romp through classic films through Doty's queer eye. I followed the merry trail of interpretation and critical insights with pleasure, and I gained new ways of seeing the films on which he concentrates. Moreover, I was inspired to queer up my own views of many others! It's a shame it's out of print, but grab yourself a used copy and enjoy.
Pamela
Jul 12, 2007 Pamela rated it liked it
A collection of queer readings of classic cinema. Doty's lesbian reading of The Wizard of Oz was interesting, though I don't agree with him on all points, and I particularly liked his reading of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. One thing that irked me a bit was his habit of completely discounting straight readings of a text, particularly The Wizard of Oz.
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