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“The two ‘lesbian’ films that bookended the dates of the Production Code Administration’s reign―Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933) and The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich, 1968)―both evoke definitions of lesbianism as gender inversion (and thus as visible difference) that would largely disappear from Hollywood film during the intervening period. While these films can help us understand what the Code regulated, they are not evidence of some lesbian reality that existed “outside” censored Hollywood but are themselves very medicated representations whose censorship negotiations indicated what modes of lesbian representation the Code favored.“

-From Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability by Patricia White