Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender explores the life of homosexuals in Hollywood during the Silver Screen-era from 1930 through the 1960s. Dan Butler narrates the cinematic essay that uses classic film clips to make the case that these classic male dominated films were filled with homosexual references. Butler breaks down the dialogue, glances, and relationships to make the case for sexual innuendo. The sampling of clips include Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Edward Everett Horton, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and Humphrey Bogart. Walter Brennen, who often played the sidekick of a strong male lead, is discussed as playing characters who harbor romantic fantasies about their dashing heroes. The film isn't tied only to Hollywood and American cinema. Director Mark Rappaport also explores the cinema of France and Italy, using the works of Jean Cocteau and Luchino Visconti. The 1997 documentary uses humor in its discussion of American sexual identity, film history and culture.
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