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Fascinating window into the past


I saw THE CELLULOID CLOSET a number of years ago, I didn't remember this bit. Looking for something else, I just came upon this 3 minute, 22 second version, which I suppose is excerpted from that documentary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U7YkH8TPJs

I am not the actress Daisy Thompson

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Very true. The sets, the clothing, the hairstyles, the mannerisms, all evoke another age. I imagine this could have been pretty unsettling to World War I audiences with the gender reversal, cross-dressing, same sex kissing, and a black servant (in blackface) beating up a white man. And most of all it holds up well for a film of its age. A real groundbreaker and a foreshadow of what was to come.

After all... tomorrow is another day.

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