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Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties
When we think of the films of the 1950s, we inevitably remember the confident swagger of John Wayne, the suave sophistication of Cary Grant, and the emotional intensity of Marlon Brando. But today's culture critics see in the decade a period when heterosexual/homosexual dualism came to dominate the representation of American masculinity. Masked Men documents how movies of ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Indiana University Press
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A thoughtful analysis on post-war masculinity as seen through films of the fifties. I glossed over the academic parts, especially readings seen through the gender and queer-theories so popular with the ivory tower set (yawn!) to get to the meat of it, which takes care in exploring just how heterogenous and conflicted this period of Americana was. Good book.