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Queer Film Classics
Forbidden Love
A Queer Film Classic
By (author): Jean Bruce By (author): Gerda Cammaer Series edited by: Thomas Waugh Series edited by: Matthew Hays
9781551526089 Paperback, Trade English General Trade PERFORMING ARTS / Film / History & Criticism Dec 01, 2015
$14.95 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.47 in 176 pages 30 black & white photos Arsenal Pulp Press

QUEER FILM CLASSICS is a critically acclaimed series that launched in 2009, edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays, covering some of the most important and influential films about and/or by LGBT people made between 1950 and 2005, and written by leading LGBT film scholars and critics.

A Queer Film Classic on the 1992 Canadian feature documentary subtitled "The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives": a film on lesbian experience from the 1940s to the 1960s as seen through the lens of lesbian pulp fiction. The film interweaves an historical dramatization with interviews with women who speak frankly about their experiences living as lesbians in times when they could not be out, as well as with Ann Bannon, the American writer who wrote lesbian pulp fiction novels from 1957 to 1962 known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. This award-winning movie, directed by Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, ended up as the most successful ever produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and became emblematic of the bold new queer cinema of the early 1990s. In 2014, the NFB re-released the film in a digitally remastered version.

Jean Bruce and Greta Cammaer's book examines the historical context and critical reception of this important film.

Jean Bruce and Gerda Cammaer are both associate professors in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. Bruce's research interests include Canadian cinema, and advertising and consumer culture; Cammaer's research interests include documentary and found-footage films. They both live in Toronto.

Jean Bruce and Gerda Cammaer are both associate professors in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. Bruce's research interests include Canadian cinema, and advertising and consumer culture; Cammaer's research interests include documentary and found-footage films. They both live in Toronto.

Thomas Waugh is the award-winning author or co-author of numerous books, including five for Arsenal Pulp Press: Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed, Montreal Main: A Queer Film Classic (with Jason Garrison), Comin' At Ya! (with David L. Chapman), and Gay Art: A Historic Collection (with Felix Lance Falkon). His other books include Hard to Imagine, The Fruit Machine, The Romance of Transgression in Canada, and The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson. He is co-editor (with Matthew Hays) of Queer Film Classics, a series of monographs for Arsenal Pulp Press on classic LGBTQ films; titles in the series include Paris Is Burning, Strangers on a Train, Law of Desire, and Female Trouble. He is Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montreal,where founded the Concordia program in sexuality studies, the Concordia HIV/AIDS Project, and Queer Media Database Canada Quebec (mediaqueer.ca).


Matthew Hays is a Montreal-based critic, author, and university and college instructor. His articles have appeared in a broad range of publications. His first book, The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers (Arsenal Pulp Press), was cited by Quill & Quire as one of the best books of 2007 and won a 2008 Lambda Literary Award. He is co-editor (with Thomas Waugh) of Queer Film Classics, a series of monographs for Arsenal Pulp Press on LGBTQ films; titles in the series include Paris Is Burning, Strangers on a Train, Law of Desire, and Female Trouble. He is the film instructor at Marianopolis College, and also teaches courses in journalism, communication studies, and film studies at Concordia University, where he received the Concordia Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and the President's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013.

The book serves as an excellent companion to the film, recontextualizing Forbidden Love's re-release with rich production detail, pithy formal analysis, critical theory and provocative cultural commentary. -POV Magazine - POV Magazine

The book provides incredible insight into co-directors Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman's groundbreaking documentary. -AfterEllen - AfterEllen

Bruce and Cammaer deal dexterously with the film and the historical discourse it both participates in and disrupts; in their care Forbidden Love becomes more than a film about history and emerges as an historical act itself. -POV Magazine - POV Magazine

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