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Two films by Mark Rappaport on DVD in August

4 June 2011

Bounty Films have announced the August release of two films by Mark Rappaport (Mozart in Love, The Scenic Route) on DVD as part of their Queer Culture (QC) Cinema series, the 1992 Rock Hudson's Home Movies and the 1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.

Rock Hudson's Home Movies

"It was all up there," says Rock Hudson (Eric Farr) at the start of this rule-breaking, dizzying assortment of clips from Rock Hudson's Hollywood career that make up Mark Rappaport's feature film Rock Hudson's Home Movies. Employing a narrative commentary from beyond the grave, the film invests an eclectic form of biography. The closer you look at Hudson's films the more you see the actor is winking at us.

An award-winning blend of dozens of clips, Rock Hudson's Home Movies sheds a new and provocative light on one of Hollywood's greatest legends. Also featuring Gary Cooper, Doris Day, James Dean, Karl Douglas, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and more

Rock Hudson's Home Movies will be released in the UK on DVD on the 1 August 2011 as part of Bounty Film's Queer Culture Cinema series at the RRP of £15.32.

Extra features will include:

  • Rarely seen short film Blue Streak;
  • Trailer for The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender

From the groundbreaking director of Rock Hudson's Home Movies, Mark Rappaport takes us on a hilarious and provocative romp through the hidden and not-so-hidden gay undercurrents of Hollywood's Golden Years. Dan Butler (Fraiser) acts as tour guide as he uncovers — despite efforts to launder American cinema of even the faintest traces of gay influences — Hollywood's squeamish fascination with gay eroticism and camp.

Through the use of ingenious film clips, along with Rappaport's signature witty insights, The Silver Screen: Colour Me Lavender brilliantly uncovers the unmistakable homoerotic flirtations, and the ambiguous behaviour that richly imbued the performances of Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Cary Grant, and other film legends.

The Silver Screen: Colour Me Lavender is a rich and funny mediation on American sexual identity, film history and culture that will change the way you look at butch westerns or the campy charades of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in their "buddy" road movies forever.

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender will be released in the UK on DVD on the 1 August 2011 as part of Bounty Film's Queer Culture Cinema series at the RRP of £15.32.

Extra features will include:

  • Rarely seen short film, John Garfield;
  • Trailer.