What we look for in our formative years can be very different from the demands we make later as analytical adults, and it was certainly more important to me that representations of gayness were complex or colourful than that they were positive, whatever that meant. Midnight Cowboy moseys into UK cinemas again next month on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and with it comes another opportunity to ask whether this is a film about homophobia or a homophobic film. Better psychos than nothing. Gay was very big that year, what with Personal Best sporty lesbians and Making Love a married man having a gay affair. What heterosexual audiences may need longer to appreciate, having grown up surrounded by reflections of their own kind on every screen and billboard, is that gay audiences will take whatever image they can get and then drain it for meaning and nourishment. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. There were nuanced representations of gayness when I wanted them Dog Day Afternoon, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Naked Civil Servant but it was a different kind of detective work winkling out the gay bits in otherwise straight films.
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