Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bisexual Characters in Film: From Anais to Zee

1997, possibly first edition, from Harrington Park Press
Wayne M. Bryant
Bisexual Characters in Film: From Anais to Zee
Possibly bought newish for $17.95
Slightly worn paperback

Although this book had potential, I didn't think it lived up to it.  The biggest problem is that Bryant arranges the book thematically, rather than chronologically or some other approach that would eliminate all the redundancies.  Not only are films discussed in more than one chapter, often the same information is repeated.  Also, of course, the book is dated, and not in an interesting way like the different editions of Celluloid Closet.  (I've read two but don't own any.)  As Bryant admits, the bi pride movement was then about fifteen years behind that for gays and lesbians.  So there weren't terribly many movies with clearly bi characters.  (And he misses one of my favorite moments, Terry-Thomas in Where Were You When the Lights Went Out [1968]: "I dislike women and men alike.  Does that make me bisexual?")  You could probably find equally good or better lists and analyses on the Internet these days.  Still, points for being a pioneer.

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