Contemporary French Civilization

On feeling mighty real: devenir gay à Montréal pendant l’ère disco dans Funkytown, de Daniel Roby

Contemporary French Civilization (2018), 43, (3-4), 373–389.

Abstract

En retraçant les années de gloire et déclin de la discothèque le Starlight à Montréal de 1976 à 1980, le film Funkytown explore le disco comme mode de vie et comme ayant joué un rôle crucial dans la vie des hommes gays dans la ville la plus célèbre et la plus cosmopolite du Québec. À travers l’analyse de deux personnages du film, Jonathan et Tino, cet essai (incluant une analyse de la masculinité gay et une étude comparative avec Saturday Night Fever) développe les liens entre le disco comme mouvement culturel et l’homosexualité comme désir et identité.

By narrating the years of glory and decline of the Starlight night club in Montreal from 1976 to 1980, the movie Funkytown explores disco as a lifestyle and a crucial part of gay men’s lives in the most famous and cosmopolitan city of Quebec. Through the study of two characters from the movie, Jonathan and Tino, this essay (including an analysis of gay masculinity and a comparative study with Saturday Night Fever) articulates the links between disco as a cultural movement and homosexuality as a desire and an identity.

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Foerster, Maxime