ISSN: 20555695
First published in 2016
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
Blending in and standing out: Storytelling and genre in the LGBT biopics Milk and Pedro
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Authors:  Jonathan Lupo 
DOI: 10.1386/qsmpc.2.2.227_1

AIDS,biopic,genre,LGBT history,queer visibility,self-reflexivity,storytelling

This article considers the deployment of self-reflexive storytelling strategies by the titular protagonists in the LGBT biopics Milk (Van Sant, 2008) and Pedro (Oceano, 2008). Written by Dustin Lance Black, both films utilize the formal and narrative conventions as well as the historiographic features of the biopic genre to legitimize its subjects in contemporary culture. Furthermore, Harvey Milk and Pedro Zamora foreground the practice and political utility of storytelling as they assert control over their tragic yet ultimately hopeful legacies. Through a textual analysis of the films, the article examines how the films intersect with the LGBT biopic as a subgenre of the contemporary biographical film and as popular queer history.
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