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Queer Villainy and the Sadistic Pleasures of the Classic Hollywood Epic

Queer characters have been present in epic films about antiquity almost from the beginning of the form. The 1932 film The Sign of the Cross, for example, included a transparently queer Nero (here played by real-life queer Charles Laughton), complete with a fawning slave boy. The presence of such characters persisted into the 1950s, when the form found what was…




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Dr. Thomas J. West III

Dr. Thomas J. West III

Ph.D. in English | Film and TV geek | Lover of fantasy and history | Full-time writer | Feminist and queer | Liberal scold and gadfly

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