Summary: In The Material Ghost, Perez draws on his life-long love of the movies as well as his work as a film scholar to write an engaging study of films and filmmakers and the nature of the art form. For Perez, film is complex and richly contradictory - a medium both lifelike and dreamlike, both documentary and fictional, where real details create imaginary worlds, where figures appear before us like actors on a stage and yet are removed from us like characters in a novel. He investigates these complexities by discussing a breathtaking range of works from the earliest days of cinema to the present.
How did Liberace's costumes kill him? Which lesbian comedian spent her high school years as 'the best white cheerleader in Detroit'? For these answers and many more, fans can dip into this book. Drawn from the fascinating online encyclopaedia of queer arts and culture - www.glbtq.com - this is the only reference book in which RuPaul and Jean Cocteau jostle for space. From the porn industry to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, from body building to Dorothy Arzner, this is an indispensable guide: readable, authoritative and concise.