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Thinking across
Alberto Fernández Carbajal

Germanic example is Kutluğ Ataman’s Lola and Billy the Kid , released in 1999 , a film about Turkish queerness and transvestism in contemporary Germany. Although the distinctiveness of Turkish Islamism has been explored in Özpetek’s work, the negotiation of Turkish queerness in other European locales would continue qualifying Kemalist and Islamist homophobia. If my critical attention in this book has been devoted to, chiefly, queer Muslim artists located in the Anglophone West, with the exceptions of France and Italy, the North/South axis

in Queer Muslim diasporas in contemporary literature and film
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The carnival as structuring motif
Sue Harris

as a trigger for total narrative rupture. On another level, narrative excess in Tenue de soirée is firmly encoded in notions of display, and exhibition of the sexual impulse, and this is located principally in the character of Bob, who is seen in a variety of states of dress and undress, and ends the film in a state of flamboyant transvestism. The question of looking at what is being displayed is explored in a series of

in Bertrand Blier
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La flor de mi secreto
Ana María Sánchez-Arce

peace-keeping mission abroad whilst advocating repression and censorship at home. Neither is it surprising that the disintegrating middle-class couple is sometimes so stylised as to suggest self-parody. Fouz-Hernández and Martínez-Expósito suggest as much when they state that Leo and Paco partake of transvestism: But the more encompassing and ‘unlimited’ sort of transvestism that J. Smith illustrates, amongst other scenes, with the moment ... (1996 [sic]) when husband and wife dress up (fetishized masculinity in his military uniform, iconic femininity in her

in The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
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Transgender performance and the national imaginary in the Spanish cinema of the democratic era
Ian Biddle and Santiago Fouz-Hernández

? La mala educación Pedro Almodóvar’s La mala educación (2004) provides some useful answers to this question. In this film, narratives about the Transition and transvestism are played out quite explicitly in a manner arguably indebted to Pons’s Ocaña . As will be seen, the ‘doubled-ness’ identified in Ocaña is worked through in Almodóvar’s film via the musical play of curtailed or partial forms in

in Screening songs in Hispanic and Lusophone cinema
The Mediterranean movida and the passing away of Francoist Barcelona
Alberto Mira

motto of many closeted public figures who would neither identify with or deny homosexuality, although this is clearly not the case with Ocaña. He rejects labelling imposed from the outside and proposes some labels of his own (Mira 2004 : 458–9). Something similar happens when he engages with the notion of transvestism: although he uses drag, this is just, he claims, incidental: he just likes it (or

in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
Phil Powrie

feminine attire’ (Flügel 1930 : 119). This leads Flügel to consider transvestism, which ‘does not necessarily coincide with active homosexuality, or even with a tendency towards the physical characteristics of the opposite sex. Hercules himself . . . spent some time dressed as a woman’ (Flügel 1930 : 119). Korben Dallas may well be a modern Hercules in this narrative, fighting absolute evil which threatens

in The films of Luc Besson
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Le Thé au harem d’Archimède and Hexagone
Carrie Tarr

are notably more pessimistic in respect of the fortunes of their main characters: the immigrant/ beur protagonist remains fundamentally isolated, while the sympathetic young white French males of the first films constitute a significant new structuring absence. However, a more complex approach to questions of gender and sexuality is to be found. As noted in chapter 1 , Miss Mona tackles the topic of homosexuality, transvestism and prostitution, while

in Reframing difference
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Embodiment and adolescence in recent Spanish films
Sarah Wright

ageing transvestite (an excellent turn from José Luis Gómez), he will later befriend Álex and ask for lessons in cross-dressing so that he can fill his daughter’s longing for her dead mother by performing as her every might. Whilst not entirely endorsing camp (there is little joy to be had in his nightly transvestism), the film nevertheless reveals the discrimination suffered by Leo as he goes out dressed as his late wife. Emotive scenes of a cross-dressed father and his daughter may recall Pedro Almodóvar’s pre-op transsexual, Lola, who cradles his son in a reworking

in The child in Spanish cinema
Almodóvar’s, Amenábar’s and de la Iglesia’s generic routes in the US market
Vicente Rodriguez Ortega

García Bernal, has been added to the Almodovarian universe. In this respect, the Spanish trailer of La mala educación is radically different in as much as it is significantly longer, it includes several bits of dialogue, it explicitly foregrounds the metacinematic dimension of the film and it emphasises the central themes of homosexuality and transvestism and their relationship with the repressive role

in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
Questioning gender roles
Brigitte Rollet

didn’t care whether you could afford or not to raise a child. They didn’t care who’d got you pregnant. They didn’t think about the fact that the man was just as guilty. It was the woman who had to put up with all the worry and the criticism. 11 ‘A woman can play a male role and vice versa without necessarily being homosexual. Transvestism is not a convention of the past, it represents a form of freedom wiped away by stupid traditions of naturalism and which we should be capable of restoring today

in Coline Serreau