ArtGraeco’s homoerotic take on The Bribe, a lesser-known film Noir from 1949 full of passion, greed and double crosses, starring Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, John Hodiak, Vincent Price and Charles Laughton.
The story revolves around Federal agent Rigby (Robert Taylor), in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, who falls for Elizabeth (Ava Gardner), the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect, ex-pilot Tugwell Hintten (John Hodiak) who’s selling his mechanical talents to a gang to get money to leave the tropics with his wife. A couple of shady characters, J.J. Bealer (Charles Laughton) and Carwood (Vincent Price) offer the lawman a bribe.
CineManArt recreates footage of Hintten displaying other hidden talents and Carwood discovering that there is more than one kind of bribe.
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.