“Queer European Cinema: Queering Cinematic Time and Space” edited by Leanne Dawson— At the Movies

Dawson, Leanne, editor. “Queer European Cinema: Queering Cinematic Time and Space”, Routledge, 2017.

At the Movies

Amos Lassen

Leanne Dawson’s “Queer European Cinema”, opens with an overview of LGBTQ representation throughout cinematic history. This is interwoven with the socio-political reality in Europe and beyond. It goes on to consider trends including the boarding school film, the gay road movie, and queer horror before presenting case studies that analyze what Dawson refers to as the ‘low culture’ of pornography and then moving to the ‘high culture’ of art house cinema.

The book is a collection of essays explores “borders and boundaries of geography, temporality, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and desire in a range of European films at a time when both LGBTQ politics and the concept of Europe are under intense scrutiny in representation and reality, to demonstrate how LGBTQ film can serve as a political tool to create visibility and acceptance as well as providing entertainment”.

We have an analysis of both trans and femme identities in “Boys Don’t Cry”, an Academy Award winner alongside the German film, “Unveiled”; the intersection of lesbian visibility and the notion of nation on the Croatian screen at its point of entry into the European Union and during the gay marriage referendum; music and its relation to camp in Italian transnational cinema; European lesbian feminist pornography; and an analysis of limited spaces and citizenship in queer French-language road movies.

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