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Cruising

Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugenio Ercolani, author

Marcus Stiglegger, author
DEKRA Hochschule Berlin