There have been limitations in Hollywood since it's earliest days - limitations on women, people of colour, LGBT persons, not to mention limitations on how a cinematic performance may be achieved. Though even in the 21st century there is still some way to go, boundaries in Hollywood were being tested as early as the days … Continue reading Laughing at limitations: those who pushed boundaries in Old Hollywood
The Golden Age of Hollywood is often perceived as a time of close-mindedness. Racial segregation was in affect in America until 1964, homosexuality was only declassified as an illness in 1973 and only became legal in 2003. Any representation of LGBT characters on screen throughout the first half of the 20th century was often negative, … Continue reading Rainbows and riots: Old Hollywood’s LGBT icons
Just because a film is old doesn't mean that it's any less exciting than a modern day blockbuster!
Men have been dressing as women for the purposes on entertainment for hundreds of years. The female roles of Shakespeare's plays were performed by boys with unbroken voices, the traditional pantomime calls for a male performer to play the female dame character and one of Robin Williams' most iconic roles was a drag performance - … Continue reading Drag queens and divas: performing confidence
For someone whose life had such an incredible influence over contemporary pop culture, it amazes me that more people don't know who Josephine Baker was. Her influence can be seen in the work of celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyonce and she has been referenced and featured in countless films - my favourite cameo of … Continue reading Vaudeville and valour: Josephine Baker