Tabloid, pulp, and sensational films documented queer lives in the mid-20th century, offering a fascinating glimpse into the world of the clandestine and the closet, revisited recently by Todd Haynes in Carol. What visions of lesbian and gay life do films like Joseph P. Mawra’s 1965 Chained Girls offer to us today, and how do they fit into a retrospective survey of LGBTQ films from the past century? Combining clips from a variety of oddball and orphan sources, this presentation looks into the recesses and margins of film history for hidden traces of our queer past.
A lecture by film scholar Amy Villarejo
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