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A Florida Enchantment

A Florida Enchantment (1914) is a silent film directed by and starring Sidney Drew and released by Vitagraph Studios. The film is based on the 1891 novel and 1896 play (now lost) of the same name written by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter.

A Florida Enchantment
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Directed bySidney Drew
Produced bySidney Drew
Written byMarguerite Bertsch
Eugene Mullin
StarringEdith Storey
Sidney Drew
Ethel Lloyd
CinematographyRobert A. Stuart
Distributed byVitagraph Studios
Release date
  • 1914 (1914)
Running time
63 minutes
(at 20 frame/s)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

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PlotEdit

In the film, Lillian Travers, a wealthy Northern woman about to be married, takes a magical seed which transforms its user into the opposite gender. Lillian's transformation into Lawrence Talbot has also sometimes been read as a transformation into a butch lesbian. This reading is bolstered by the later transformation of Lillian's fiancé into what could be an effeminate gay man. However, as Lillian and her fiancé are shown attracted both to each other and to the same sex (albeit at different times), the film has also been considered to have the first documented appearance of bisexual characters in an American motion picture.[1]

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Production backgroundEdit

The film is also known for its use of blackface antics; an aspect carefully dissected in Siobhan Somerville's "Queering the Color Line." Since its inclusion in Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet, the film has increasingly been seen as one of the earliest film representations of homosexuality and cross-dressing in American culture.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ">> arts >> Bisexuality in Film". glbtq. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-06.

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