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City College of San Francisco, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies 75: Queer Cinema in the 1970s, Course Information / Spring 2017

LGBT 75 explores the overlapping impact of a profoundly significant period in both the gay rights movement and American film history. The resulting images represented queerness more openly than before, while most often painting it as somewhere between ridiculous and monstrous. Meanwhile, foreign language films distributed in the US made an impact, and queer filmmakers were laying the groundwork for the upcoming rise of independent cinema.

Class Topics and Screenings:

Introduction – At Stonewall's Door
The Boys in the Band (William Friedkin, 1970)

Lesbians Who Bite
The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker, 1970)

Seeking 'Normal'
The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

The Kiss
Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971)

Divine Decadence
Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)

Obsession and Melodrama
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)

At the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Cleopatra Jones (Jack Starrett, 1973)

Those Sick and Twisted Heterosexuals
Female Trouble (John Waters, 1974)

A Singular Voice for Lesbian Cinema
The Early Films of Barbara Hammer: Dyketactics, Menses, Superdyke, Women I Love, Multiple Orgasm, and Double Strength (Barbara Hammer, 1974-1978)

Sweet Transvestite
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)

New American Cinema Goes Queer
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)

Fun in Towels
The Ritz (Richard Lester, 1976)

Lindy Mixing
Car Wash (Michael Schultz, 1976)

Affirmation Cinema
Word is Out (Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Peter Adair, 1977)

Setting Them Straight
A Different Story (Paul Aaron, 1978)

Family Values
La Cage aux Folles (Édouard Molinaro, 1979)

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