Hardcore pornboth the straight and gay varietiesentered mainstream American culture in the 1970s as the sexual revolution swept away many of the cultural inhibitions and legal restraints on explicit sexual expression. The first porn movie ever to be reviewed by Variety, the entertainment industrys leading trade journal, was Wakefield Pooles Boys in the Sand (1971), a sexually-explicit gay movie shot on Fire Island with a budget of $4000. Moviegoers, celebrities and criticsboth gay and straightflocked to see Boys in the Sand when it opened in mainstream movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Within a year, Deep Throat, a heterosexual hardcore feature opened to rave reviews and a huge box officeexceeding that of many mainstream Hollywood features. Almost all of those involved in making commercial gay pornographic movies began as amateurs in a field that had virtually never existed before, either as art or commerce. Many of their underground predecessors had repeatedly suffered arrest and other forms of legal harassment. There was no developed gay market and any films made commercially were shown in adult x-rated theaters. After the Stonewall riots and the emergence of the gay liberation movement in 1969, a number of entrepreneurs began to make gay adult movies for the new mail order market. The gay porn film industry grew dramatically during the next thirty years and transformed the way mengay men in particularconceived of masculinity and their sexuality. Bigger Than Life tells that story.
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Jeffrey Escoffier is director of health media marketing for the health department of the city of New York and the former deputy director for policy and research of the Office of Gay and Lesbian Health in New York City. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Rutgers University, and the New School for Social Research. He was the founder of the Gay Alternative and the publisher and editor of the gay and lesbian quarterly Out/Look.
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Descrizione libro Running Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110786720107