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Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger


When William Friedkin’s psycho thriller Cruising was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and hit cinemas worldwide in 1980 it was mainly misunderstood: the upcoming gay scene dismissed it as an offence to their efforts to open up to society and a distorted image of homosexuality, prompting the distributors to add a disclaimer that preceded the picture: Genre audiences were confused about the idea of a sexualized cop thriller with procedural drama that frequently turns into a horror film with the identity of the killer changing with each murder. Seen from today’s perspective, Friedk ... More

Keywords: New Hollywood, Al Pacino, William Friedkin, queer cinema, gay leather scene, horror cinema, Cruising, serial killer, scandal, police thriller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348363
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugenio Ercolani, author

Marcus Stiglegger, author
DEKRA Hochschule Berlin