Hail, Caesar!

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Title Hail, Caesar!
Premiere 2016
Purchase Available on Amazon

Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 film by Joel and Ethan Coen about 1950s Hollywood.

LGBT Representation

The 1950s were an era of both anti-Communist witchhunts and increased persecution of LGBT people, both in Hollywood and in society at large. Homosexuality and communism were commonly linked in the popular consciousness of the time[1]. Hail, Caesar! explores this connection.

LGBT characters include Burt Gurney (Channing Tatum), a gay movie star who is having an affair with director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes). At one point in the film, Gurney performs a song and dance number as a sailor character entitled "No Dames" in which he "laments" the lack of women onboard ship. The number, a tribute to the big musical numbers of the era, has been labelled "Channing Tatum's Ode To Situational Homosexuality" by fans[2].

Hedda Hopper-style gossip columnist Thora Thacker (Tilda Swinton) threatens to write about a homosexual tryst involving Laurentz and star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) that supposedly earned the latter his role in Hail, Caesar!'s fictional film On the Wings of Eagles.


Related Links


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism_and_homosexuality#Association_of_communism_with_homosexuality_by_anti-communists
  2. http://cups-of-tea-and-history.tumblr.com/post/146893986388/for-no-real-reason-other-than-i-feel-like-it-i

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