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The Bent Lens: 2nd Edition: A World Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film [Paperback]

Lisa Daniel , Claire Jackson
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April 1 2003

Spanning gay and lesbian filmmaking from 1914 through present day, The Bent Lens showcases 2300 titles from 45 countries, including feature films, documentaries and short films. In addition to a synopsis of each film, other details included are cast, writer, director, genre, year of release, running time and even distributor contact details. All films are listed in an easy-to-read A-Z format, but each film is also indexed by country, director and genre. The Bent Lens: 2nd Edition also includes essays from experts Judith Halberstam, Barbara Hammer, Helen Hok-Sze Leung and Daniel Mudie Cunningham exploring gay and lesbian film traditions and how gay identity is viewed in Western and non-Western cultures. And finally, this remarkable guide includes a complete listing of gay and lesbian film festivals around the world, making The Bent Lens a must for all film and video aficionados.

Features more than 200 black-and-white photographs.

Lisa Daniel is director and Claire Jackson is president of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.


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4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable addition to your film library April 8 2003
Format:Paperback
Okay, so there's no subtext here. The editors have simply strung together an alphabetized listing of many (but not all) films touching on gay and lesbian themes. But, if you're wondering where to start in this specialized area, "Bent Lens" provides some pointers. A few caveats: the indices are limited to names of directors and genres (what about the stars?), there is no indication of what is and what is not available on video, and there are some factual errors (James LeGros is NOT the psycopathic killer in "Blood and Concrete," for instance), but Daniel and Jackson have provided a valuable service here, and I'm especially grateful for the wealth of information on the many foreign films--from Hong Kong to Reykjavik--that so rarely reach these shores. Thumbs up from this movie fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable addition to your film library April 8 2003
By A. Hickman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Okay, so there's no subtext here. The editors have simply strung together an alphabetized listing of many (but not all) films touching on gay and lesbian themes. But, if you're wondering where to start in this specialized area, "Bent Lens" provides some pointers. A few caveats: the indices are limited to names of directors and genres (what about the stars?), there is no indication of what is and what is not available on video, and there are some factual errors (James LeGros is NOT the psycopathic killer in "Blood and Concrete," for instance), but Daniel and Jackson have provided a valuable service here, and I'm especially grateful for the wealth of information on the many foreign films--from Hong Kong to Reykjavik--that so rarely reach these shores. Thumbs up from this movie fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference book Jan. 29 2006
By ronwol - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who are interested in ggay movies, this is a must have book. It is very well written, and researched. One good thing, is that you can locate a movie via a number of way, by title, director, subject, etc.
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