Hollywood and the Killer Lesbian!

Hollywood's demonization of gay rights and sexual equaliy.


Author: Robert Cettl
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Pages: 15
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987456267
Publication date: 16/02/2018
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How Hollywood used stereotype to denigrate gay rights and sexual equality.
Amidst the socio-sexual upheavals of the 1970s, Hollywood used a re-envisioning of the detective character from traditional film noir to essay the threat to heterosexual patriarchy posed by transgressive homosexuality.

Thus, in one 1972 film emerged American cinema's way of dealing with that threat - the archetype of the Killer Lesbian was cemented! Starring James Garner as the detective and Hollywood veteran June Allyson as the killer lesbian, the film was buried in a wave of detective movies that included such as Harper, The Long Goodbye, Shamus, The Drowning Pool, Marlowe, Farewell My Lovely and the remake of The Big Sleep.

Though long forgotten, the film remains the premiere example of how a fearful, reactionary and heterosexist Hollywood agenda sought to construct and validate stereotypes in order to deal with the perceived threat of the gay rights movement of the early 1970s. This was the moralizing propaganda of heterosexual patriachal authority and its need to sublimate women and police, control, demonize and ultimately eliminate lesbianism from ever achieving public acceptability.

This ebook is an in-depth deconstructionist analysis of that movie and its establishment of the Killer Lesbian figure in Hollywood lore.
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Robert Cettl is a former SAR Research Fellow at Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive [NFSA] and certified foreign expert living and working in Shanghai, China.

A freelance author, ethnographic filmmaker, University English-as-a-Foreign-Language [EFL] lecturer, private teacher and independent digital publisher, his professionally published non-fiction books have been collected by such as the BFI, the US Library of Congress and the National Libraries of Australia and China.

He self-publishes experimental multi-media auto-ethnographic ebooks (non-fiction, fiction, poetry) and also publishes third-party selections of avant-garde literary and artistic works by other authors.

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