ArtGraeco’s homoerotic take on the 1947 film noir Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Vincent Parry (Bogart) convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with the lovely Irene Jansen (Bacall) to prove his innocence. With the help of friendly cabbie Sam (Tom D’Andrea), Bogart makes contact with a plastic surgeon who can change his appearance. With his new face, Bogart seeks out the actual murderer.
The CineManArt series by ArtGraeco reframes the cab ride with lonely and tired Sam the cabbie “seeing” his silent passenger and another man about to have fun in the backseat.
CineManArt is a series of photomontages, collages and digital art by ArtGraeco that recast characters of mainstream movies, change scenarios and subvert plots. These up-stagings add new dimensions – some solemn, others playful – to the stereotypes, the intolerance and homophobia cinema portrayed for over 100 years of filmmaking.
The CineManArt series by Artgraeco depicts what cinema could be and could have been more of: open, daring, defiant, fair, inclusive.
The homoeroticism here speaks to the subtext of sexual tensions and desires that flow between those of the same gender and the subversive homoerotic imagery in the movies.