This is a very informal overview of the phenomenon of female-to-male crossdressing in movies & on TV. . .done by a straight guy who thinks the sight of women disguised as men is incredibly HOT!

13 June, 2006

Jane March in "The Color of Night"

Jane March plays a unique sort of woman in this jumbled 1994 Bruce Willis film. For some reason, Jane's character likes to disguise herself as a young man named "Richie". When she's not in hot female mode, sleeping with Mr. Willis, that is. At the end of this film, you won't understand much. . .besides the facts that Ms. March looks totally HOT, in and out of male drag! May more such roles be in Jane's future.

10 April, 2006

Lack of Interest or Lack of Coverage?

Well, after a long break away, I'm back. To say that this is probably my last post. Yeah, there seems to be a lack of interest in the phenomenon of women disguising themselves as men. NOT total lack of interest. I mean, after all, that new film, "She's the Man" has been a hit. I'm sure the FTM crossdresser will remain a tried and true plotline for script writers everywhere. There's just so LITTLE coverage of it on the internet. And a lack of courage---on the part of straight guys everywhere who secretly find the site of chicks dressed as men HOT. Thanks for the support---NOT. Don't say old arrow didn't try to remedy the situation. As a parting gift, here's a photo of a bearded Kate Moss from a recent magazine cover. A guy can keep dreaming, right? I love you, ladies. But I especially love you in fake beards, mustaches, suits and ties. And Robyn Douglass? You remain the FTM crossdresser queen of Hollywood in my book. Peace, out.

13 February, 2006

Eleanor Antin's "The King"

I caught a bit of this, years ago, on PBS. It's available on video, but only to college teachers for classroom use and for WAY too much money, from Electronic Arts Intermix. On that website, the performance artist/filmmaker, Eleanor Antin (seen above in female mode on the cover of one of her books), summarized her short film "The King" (1972) thusly: "Applying hair to her face, the artist moves through a variety of bearded faces seeking the identity most appropriate to her facial structure and satisfying to her aspirations." Antin transforms herself into a man and adopts one of her recurring performance personae, "The King (a bearded Eleanor)." Ms. Antin, circa 1972, makes a damn good-looking king. How about a mass-market DVD release, Eleanor? Why save your fine work for the Poindexters?

Mira Sorvino in 'Triumph of Love'

In the 2001 movie, "Triumph of Love", the fetching Mira Sorvino plays an 18th Century royal chick whose father overtakes the country's (the country is unnamed) throne. Mira gets an acute case of conscience and decides to seek out the Rightful Heir to the Throne. The heir is some guy who is kept in seclusion, surprisingly hates Mira and all "love"! Mira and a female friend (the pretty Rachel Stirling from "Tipping the Velvet")disguise themselves as men to get to the temperamental young lad. Things get interesting when Mira has to woo the attractive Fiona Shaw in order to get to the lad and. . .oh, forget it. I just enjoyed the sight of Mira Sorvino in male drag. Not a very convincing male drag, but a good effort, anyway.

A Wonderful Magazine Article That Should/Could be a Movie

Julianna Margulies, best known for her role on 'ER', is one of my favorite actresses. She is smart, a talented actress AND stunningly beautiful. She should be a bigger star than. . .well, almost any female star today. Imagine, then, how delighted I was when I came across this October, 1998 Marie Claire magazine article over at 'TG Books and Magazines'. It was titled 'My Day As a Man.' On a dare (the magazine writer's), Julianna disguises herself as a man and tries to pass in a men-only sports club, a restaurant, etc. Evidently, Julianna was a very good sport about the whole thing and TOTALLY convincing in guy mode. Any woman who's willing to don male drag and looks that hot in a fake goatee is, of course, tops in my book. This would make a great movie, wouldn't it, Hollywood? Wouldn't it? Huh?

31 January, 2006

Kristin Davis in "Boy, Girl, Boy. . ."

Season Three, episode 34 of "Sex and the City" (titled "Boy, Girl, Boy. . .") featured the striking Kristin Davis in a dazzling FTM crossdresser role. The guy she's dating is a photographer who takes pictures of crossdressers. He convinces the reluctant Charlotte/Kristin to pose for him. She looks hot. They have sex. Lord, why can't I find a girl like that? P.S.---here, hopefully, is a link to a wider selection of pictures of Kristin Davis in male disguise.

28 January, 2006

Beatrice Lillie in "Exit Smiling"

Here's a Golden Oldie for you FTM Crossdresser fans, dating back to the silent movie days of the roaring 1920's. I saw it on TCM, which runs silent films every week on Sunday night. A Google search told me it's not (yet) on DVD. "Exit Smiling" (1926): This film starred a Canadian actress, Beatrice Lillie, who was a celebrated comedienne in the theatre (in America and the UK). But she only made a handful of films. It was claimed that she couldn't "adapt" her "broad" stage-acting style to movies. "Exit Smiling" was Lillie's only silent film, and as far as I know, her only starring movie role. The film costars Jack Pickford, who was the brother of silent film superstar Mary Pickford. The print TCM showed was in excellent condition---a clear and sharp picture, accompanied by a musical soundtrack that was commissioned just a few years ago. Well done, Ted Turner. Beatrice Lillie (age 30-ish at the time) plays a young woman who longs to be a stage actress. When a touring theatre company comes to her town, Lillie jumps at the chance to join it---as a cook and servant. The fun starts when one of the male actors, an alcoholic, blacks out just before a performance. Lillie, who by then has watched and memorized every part in the show, persuades the director to let her play the drunk's male part. That isn't the whole story, but it's the only part that matters if you love FTM crossdressers. Lillie dons the actor's costume, a classic tuxedo. Her hair is already cut into a short flapper style, but she greases and combs it into a realistic-looking men's style. Then, the best part: Lillie pastes on a thin handlebar mustache (a thicker 'stache would've been better, but this one ain't bad)! She hits the stage and ably plays the guy's part. Beatrice Lillie was no great beauty, but she was an attractive woman. And she did make quite a convincing man, even if her FTM disguise is played for laughs. Yes, they trot out the old saw in which Lillie's fake mustache tickles her nose, causing her to sneeze it off---onstage--- and then reapply it crookedly. There is one brief scene, above all, which lands Beatrice Lillie on this list for me. In male drag and backstage between scenes in the play, Lillie happens to overhear two sinister-types plotting against her unrequited love (Jack Pickford). Lillie hides behind a piece of scenery and listens closely. The camera focuses in on Lillie's face, as she stares directly into the lens; her brows are knitted and she has an intense look of concentration in her eyes. Her full, closed lips are framed and highlighted by the fake mustache. You can see behind the disguise, the actress simultaneously embodying the attractive female she is and the handsome male she's pretending to be. It's very hot. Lillie's performance is quite good. She does some Lucy-style slapstick, but it's more understated and graceful than the redhead's. Lillie's character is not an oaf, but a naive young woman muddling her way through a unique situation. She even managed to avoid the exaggerated gestures and expressions that were in vogue in film acting then, playing her part with an easy and natural realism. I didn't see any of the "broad"-ness I later read about on the Internet. It's a shame Lillie didn't make more films. Especially, more films with a FTM motif. But at least, there is "Exit Smiling". There is a picture of Beatrice Lillie in FTM drag that's available through Google image search. Just click on "advanced" image search, then key in "Beatrice Lillie" and "Exit Smiling". Now, TCM, please put this film on DVD.