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#41 Jlewis

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:19 PM

Don't get me started on Anchors Aweigh... and On the Town, for that matter. While Kelly's Gabey is seeking Miss Turnstyle, Frankie (a "Chip" on Gabey's shoulder) is completely exhausting Betty Garrett's Beunhilde (whom, as Elmer Fudd would sing, is so wuvely) because he wants to hang out with Gabey in his great search instead of going to HER place and making whoopee


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:18 PM

"Anchors Away" (1945) Clarence ( Frank Sinatra) and Joe ( Gene Kelly) waste too much time in this movie looking for girls when it's quite clear that this bromantic pair only need each other.  I mean is there any better sign of true love like saving your bud's life? Kelly is clearly the lust object here- love the way Sinatra watches over him as he sleeps in his underwear.   In the scene in which the adorable Dean Stockwell meets the cop - I noticed the navy recruiting poster by Mclelland Barcaly in the background -a  male pin up which must have enticed a lot of lonely small town guys to join the navy. ;)


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:15 PM

"Arrow" the tv series is not specially "gay"  but gays might be the target audience .  Oliver Queen/Arrow played by the very hot Stephen Amell seems to have at least one shirtless scene per episode.  The male villains sometimes played by gay actors like John Barrowman love to chain him up so that we can see his bulging muscles better as he struggles to break free from bondage.https://youtu.be/eD8ND2YOKgY


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:25 PM

Heston might have always traveled in very conservative circles so perhaps the gay men that he encountered were deep in the closet. 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:50 PM

It's hard to believe that man who looked like Heston did not have a least one gay encounter in his life- specially when he was starting out- in bio he goes out of his way to insist that even when he was working a nude art model- there was never any type of "homosexual" activity- hard to believe that  a young man working in the theater did not meet at least one gay actor-director-designer?!!!

 

By the time Heston was a huge star in The Greatest Show on Earth, nobody in Hollywood was gay, just as nobody in Hollywood was a Commie. Just like nobody in Chicago was a witness to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre decades before unless they were part of a girl's band dressed in drag.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:31 PM

Oh... you know I was always joking because Heston himself certainly thought Ben Hur had no gay text as well. Even my inclusion of it on my June TCM made up schedule was a joke.

It's hard to believe that man who looked like Heston did not have a least one gay encounter in his life- specially when he was starting out- in bio he goes out of his way to insist that even when he was working a nude art model- there was never any type of "homosexual" activity- hard to believe that  a young man working in the theater did not meet at least one gay actor-director-designer?!!!


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:09 PM

I really don't see that much gay vibes in "Planet of the Apes"-apart from the male nudity.  Heston after flirting with ape lady scientist ends up with Nova now if he had bro bonded with Roddy McDowell.... ;)

 

Oh... you know I was always joking because Heston himself certainly thought Ben Hur had no gay text as well. Even my inclusion of it on my June TCM made up schedule was a joke.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:55 PM

... and wasn't it ssssoooo convenient that the only woman astronaut in Planet of the Apes died in her "sleep" state? Then Charlton Heston and his buddies could have much needed bro-bonding swimming au naturel before meeting the apes. Of course, Heston still needed a woman later, as one of the captives born on Monkey Planet.

 

I really don't see that much gay vibes in "Planet of the Apes"-apart from the male nudity.  Heston after flirting with ape lady scientist ends up with Nova now if he had bro bonded with Roddy McDowell.... ;)



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:05 PM

" 2001 A Space Odyssey" (1968) what were Dave and Frank up to during that long long trip?  And was Hal jealous of Dave because he could not physically have Frank.  Kubrick does use the two young men as sex object that long tracking running shot and the sun tan bed scene. Kubrick was straight but Arthur C Clarke was gay.  I wonder if he conceived Dave and Frank as couple?https://youtu.be/-GVDBatf8EU

 

... and wasn't it ssssoooo convenient that the only woman astronaut in Planet of the Apes died in her "sleep" state? Then Charlton Heston and his buddies could have much needed bro-bonding swimming au naturel before meeting the apes. Of course, Heston still needed a woman later, as one of the captives born on Monkey Planet.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:29 AM

" 2001 A Space Odyssey" (1968) what were Dave and Frank up to during that long long trip?  And was Hal jealous of Dave because he could not physically have Frank.  Kubrick does use the two young men as sex object that long tracking running shot and the sun tan bed scene. Kubrick was straight but Arthur C Clarke was gay.  I wonder if he conceived Dave and Frank as couple?https://youtu.be/-GVDBatf8EU


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:18 AM

At the time of the original Broadway production, there was a great deal of press about the fact that Peter Firth was "staying" with Peter Shaffer at the time of the "official opening" - this fact seemed to validate somehow "a gay reading" of the play's intriguing text. 


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:09 AM

Often cited as a subversive example of a young man's homosexuality, "Equus" is one of those films that should not have been made.

 

The play by Peter Shaffer belongs on the stage.

 

When it is opened up for the screen - and made visual (a lot of it) - it loses its' impact.

 

But Mr. Shaffer did the screenplay himself.

 

The boy's problem - that he has fallen in love - with horses (?!) - is generally believed to be a veiled reference - to homosexuality.

 

Mr. Shaffer was a gay man.

 

At the end, the psychiatrist believes that he can eradicate "the problem".

 

Of course, today, that particular ending does not work.

 

The film, which is made much too literal by the gifted director, Sidney Lumet, has two very strange and very creepy performances from its' stars, Richard Burton and Peter Firth.

 

The psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, envies the PASSION that the boy experiences - with horses (?!).

 

However, on stage, this very material, which leaves a lot more to the imagination, has both power and mystery, which the film dissipates with its' constant visualization.

 

Perhaps Mr. Shaffer was pushed too far by Mr. Lumet.

 

(There's a great deal of full-frontal nudity with Mr. Firth - and the horses!  Again, it is "a visualization" that we don't really need.)

 

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I never thought the horse were a metaphor for homosexuality but that reading makes sense.  " Equuss" is one of those plays or books which does not work on film.  They were never going to show the boy having sex with the animals.  A more imaginative director than Lumet might have found a way to do it ( imagine Ken Russell's version of the material ?!)  On stage the boy-horse scene have a clear homoerotic vibe.


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:36 AM

Often cited as a subversive example of a young man's homosexuality, "Equus" is one of those films that should not have been made.

 

The play by Peter Shaffer belongs on the stage.

 

When it is opened up for the screen - and made visual (a lot of it) - it loses its' impact.

 

But Mr. Shaffer did the screenplay himself.

 

The boy's problem - that he has fallen in love - with horses (?!) - is generally believed to be a veiled reference - to homosexuality.

 

Mr. Shaffer was a gay man.

 

At the end, the psychiatrist believes that he can eradicate "the problem".

 

Of course, today, that particular ending does not work.

 

The film, which is made much too literal by the gifted director, Sidney Lumet, has two very strange and very creepy performances from its' stars, Richard Burton and Peter Firth.

 

The psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, envies the PASSION that the boy experiences - with horses (?!).

 

However, on stage, this very material, which leaves a lot more to the imagination, has both power and mystery, which the film dissipates with its' constant visualization.

 

Perhaps Mr. Shaffer was pushed too far by Mr. Lumet.

 

(There's a great deal of full-frontal nudity with Mr. Firth - and the horses!  Again, it is "a visualization" that we don't really need.)

 

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And, again, more fully -

 

http://worldcinemapa.../05/Equus-2.png


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:10 PM

Captain Bligh did come across as an extremely closeted individual.

 

And Charles Laughton was a gay man.

Yes two both


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 01:16 PM

"Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)  Bligh's sado-masochistic treatment of the crew can be read as some sort of closeted homosexual desire.  The crew does spend a great deal of time shirtless, getting whipped or tied up ( I'm surprise there is not gay porn version of this story I guess you need a big budget to pull it off)  Christian and Bryan are extremely bromantic- ( it made me wonder if there was something going on between Gable and Tone off screen) yes  I know the women are in the mix- but you can imagine Christian and Bryan heading off alone together.  

Captain Bligh did come across as an extremely closeted individual.

 

And Charles Laughton was a gay man.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 12:08 PM

"Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)  Bligh's sado-masochistic treatment of the crew can be read as some sort of closeted homosexual desire.  The crew does spend a great deal of time shirtless, getting whipped or tied up ( I'm surprise there is not gay porn version of this story I guess you need a big budget to pull it off)  Christian and Bryan are extremely bromantic- ( it made me wonder if there was something going on between Gable and Tone off screen) yes  I know the women are in the mix- but you can imagine Christian and Bryan heading off alone together.  


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:45 AM

In Ben Hur, Stephen Boyd and Demille decided on a gay subtext but didn't mention it to Heston. I think that's the story - someone correct me.

It was supposedly a decision between William Wyler, the director and Stephen Boyd.

 

Stephen Boyd was obviously a gay man.

 

And he used his sexual orientation as "acting subtext".   


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:39 AM

In Ben Hur, Stephen Boyd and Demille decided on a gay subtext but didn't mention it to Heston. I think that's the story - someone correct me.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 06:36 PM

I wonder if Hawk's was bi...?  All his films are usually about a group of men and yeah there is a woman thrown in but the guy seem to get along fine with out her. 


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 05:03 PM

Howard Hawk's "The Big Sky" (1952)  what's going on between Kirk and Dewey?  And Dewey looks very nice in those leather pants.... ;) https://youtu.be/ZmrOi3n98nM

This film has such a pronounced gay subtext.


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