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Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2009 (USA)
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This documentary examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis, featuring film clips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques of her by San ... See full summary »

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M. Black

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M. Black
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Credited cast:
Jimmy Bangley Jimmy Bangley ... Super Fan (archive footage)
William Clift ... Himself - Interviewee
Bette Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Vincent De Paul ... Himself - Interviewee
Allan R. Ellenberger Allan R. Ellenberger ... Himself - Interviewee
Bernardo Espi Bernardo Espi ... Himself - Interviewee
Fernando Feliciano Fernando Feliciano ... Himself - Interviewee
Joshua Grannell ... Himself - Interviewee (as Peaches Christ)
Bob Grimes ... Himself - Interviewee
Michael Guillén Michael Guillén ... Himself - Interviewee
Marc Huestis Marc Huestis ... Himself - Interviewee
Matthew Kennedy ... Himself - Interviewee
Matthew Martin Matthew Martin ... Himself - Interviewee
Gentry McShane Gentry McShane ... Himself - Interviewee
Scott O'Brien Scott O'Brien ... Himself - Interviewee
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This documentary examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis, featuring film clips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques of her by San Francisco actor Matthew Martin and others, including Charles Pierce and Arthur Blake; a profile of Martin highlighting his long identification with Davis; and interviews with fans, entertainers, and gay cultural historians. Written by M. Black

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USA

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English

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2009 (USA) See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA

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$1,500 (estimated)
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Black Summers Productions See more »
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Color (Black & White and Color)

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1.78 : 1 / (letterbox)
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Disappointing Documentary on Gay Fascination with Bette Davis
11 July 2018 | by lchadbou-326-26592See all my reviews

This is a superficial and overlong documentary on a potentially interesting subject:how straight actress Bette Davis became a good figure of camp and a regular role for female impersonators.(we learn that as early as 1946, an artist named Arthur Blake was imitating her.An interesting interpretation is given of her film Now Voyager as being about "coming out." and there are also comments about the way her acting,starting in the mid 1940s,turned to a style of Excess which appeals to the camp culture.The chief interest of this film for me,however,was getting to see 4 or 5 people I know from San Francisco being interviewed.


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