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Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348363

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001

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It’s a Man’s World: Cruising’s Hypermasculine Universe

It’s a Man’s World: Cruising’s Hypermasculine Universe

(p.41) It’s a Man’s World: Cruising’s Hypermasculine Universe

Eugenio Ercolani

Marcus Stiglegger

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the masculinity present in Cruising and the subculture it sets out to describe: the communication codes, the language, and the near total absence of women. It taps into the social commentary Friedkin attempts to lay out regarding male sexuality and how it is externalized depending on context. Particular attention is given to Steve Burns and the plethora of men with whom he interacts. The chapter also focuses on the only fully fleshed-out female character present in the film, played by actress Karen Allen, whose career is taken into account and analysed.

Keywords:   Karen Allen, Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, William Friedkin, homophobia, queer culture, male behaviour, masculinity, homosexuality, sexuality

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