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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | November 1997 (USA)
A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.

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Filmmaker Mark Rappaport cleans out the proverbial closet of Hollywood and film history and unearths a veritable treasure of homo-erotic and gay subliminal gems, including everything from comedies to westerns, film-noir to musicals, and everything in between. Host/narrator Dan Butler leads us through a fun, but extensively documented, exploration of gay film history, from subliminal subtext to clearly visible. Included are many film clips of classic films and golden age stars. Written by trivwhiz

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Even though this film is about gay subtexts or undercurrents in movies of the 1930s-1960s, there are no references or clips from movies which were specifically, or at least more overtly, about gay subject matter, even for comparison, such as Victim (1961), The Children's Hour (1961), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Staircase (1969), or Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), all of which were early mass market gay films. See more »

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I didn't finish it
29 September 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I really like Dan Butler and he's the reason I decided to give this so-called "documentary" a try, but I gave up after about 30 minutes. I simply can't agree with the conclusion that this program seemed to be trying so hard to reach: it seems to honestly believe, and be trying to get viewers to believe, that almost everything including the old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby comedies had blatant gay undertones, and that simply isn't the case. They can repeat it as often as they like, but that doesn't make it true. Under the same principle, would that mean that every time Daffy Duck kicked Porky Pig in the backside, it was an allegory? There's a quote often attributed to Sigmund Freud: "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar". I think that should be given some serious thought here.


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