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Hidden Desires: Cinematic Representations of Man/Boy Love

  • Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
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Abstract

Although queerness has been represented on film, in varying ways, from the advent of the medium to the present day, the subject of man/boy love has only quite rarely been explicitly explored, at least in part because it is believed that the clear majority of potential viewers automatically assume that all such relationships are inherently abusive. This chapter challenges that assumption by exploring groundbreaking representations of gay youth and man/boy love as contained in the feature-length films For a Lost Soldier (dir. Roeland Kerbosch, 1992) and Eban and Charley (dir. James Bolton, 2000). In doing so, it incorporates a queer theoretical perspective in order to begin making sense of a phenomenon that lies dramatically outside the mainstream status quo, as it is communicated in two of the most noteworthy (albeit potentially quite controversial) queer coming-of-age films in the history of world cinema to date.

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Filmography

  1. Eban and Charley. Director: James Bolton. Performers: Giovanni Andrade and Brent Fellows. Moqui and Harcamone Films. 2000.Google Scholar
  2. For a Lost Soldier. Director: Roeland Kerbosch. Performers: Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, and Maarten Smit. Sigma Film Productions. 1992.Google Scholar
  3. Mysterious Skin. Director: Gregg Araki. Performers: Brady Corbet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Fortissimo Films. 2004.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
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  1. 1.Department of Film,Television, and Digital MediaTexas Christian University in the USAFort WorthUSA

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