Introduction (0:00- 0:35)
Supercut of some characters’faces discovering trangender characters :
(The rocky Horror Picture Show/ Psychose/ All about my Mother/ Transparent/ Boys don’t cry/ Laurence Anyways/ Transamerica …)
Apparition of the title: Representation of transgenders in film and TV Shows on a video showing high heels from La Femme video clip (0:35 – 0:40)
Beginning of the voice over (0:40 – 5:22 or not)
Before studying their representation in movies and tv shows, we need to clarify what it means to be a transgender.
Transgender or transexual people are individuals who identify themselves as the sex opposite of which they were born with and adapt their appearances and behaviors without necessarily having a surgical operation.
Movies act as social reflectors in the sense that they have tried to approach the subject since the 30s without truly understanding it.
=> supercut showing transgender characters
First considered as a psychiatric pathology of identity disorder, movie directors used to show transgender and transsexual characters as unstable.
One of the main images conveyed by transgender cinema is the one of aggressive and monstrous individuals who commit murders to satisfy their impulsions.
=> Supercut of transgender characters commiting violent actions toward other or murders. Use of : Psychose, Pulsions, The Silence of the Lambs, Hit and Miss
One other representation is the humoristic and grotesque one. Transgender characters are frequently friendly, sometimes touching, but always caricature-like.
=> Supercut involving comic characters. Use of Chouchou, Le Père Noël est une ordure, All about my mother, Bad education…
They are very extravagant and colorful characters with a non-serious lifestyle with most of them having career in cabaret as if it is the only future available for them.
=> Supercut of transgender performing in cabarets. Use of Bad Education, Priscilla Queen of the desert, High Heels, La Cage aux folles, The Rocky Horror Picture Show..
Life perspectives are also narrow for transgender characters. When they are not acting as murderers, instead they are torturing themselves with drug addiction or risky sexual behaviors, which lead them to being more susceptible to STIs, especially HIV/AIDS.
=> Supercut of transgender doing drugs. Use of Bad education, Transamerica, Dallas Buyers Club
Addictions, extreme behaviors, and misunderstanding are barriers that lead many transgender people to premature death.
=> Supercut of transgender announcing they will die or dying. Use of Bad Education, All about my Mother, Dallas Buyers Club, Boys don’t cry, The Silence of the lambs.
However, Some movies and Tv shows approach the subject and reveal a certain progress in their representation of transgender people
The difficulty of the revelation …
=> Supercut of transgender doing their « coming out ». Use of boys don’t cry, Transparent, Laurence Anyways, Glee, Transamerica..
Familial and social relations transformed… …
=> Supercut familial relations. Use of Laurence Anyways, Orange is the New Black, Transamerica, Transparent, Priscilla
The society’s reactions, incomprehensive and sometimes violent toward transgender
=> Supercut of the use of the word freak : Boys don’t cry ( « you’re a fucking freak »), Transamerica ( « you’re a lying freak), Priscilla (« you’re a fucking freak ») and other mistreatments boys don’t cry (« are you a boy or a girl? »), Transamerica « Are a boy or a girl?), Transparent (girl bathroom scene), Laurence Anyways (« mental illness? they are insane. »), Priscilla ( AIDS fucker go home)…
Few director chose transgender actors => All about my mother (Agrado), Orange is the New Black (Sophia).
If movies and TV shows fail most of the time to represent the complexity of transidentity, there are more and more of them which try to give transgender and transexuals more human portrayal and nver transgender as been as present on screens as in 2014.
Music: Moderat (or maybe not)
(= Really basic script. I need to watch all the movies and tv shows of my list and adujst the script with the length and my supercut to ad content or not)