Eunuchs in film

I research how eunuchs (castrated men) are portrayed in literature. I’ve written the following articles to discuss the referenced films.

Judith of Bethulia (1914)

Women of All Nations (1931)

Farinelli (1994) – About the 18th century opera singer Carlo Broschi who used the stage name Farinelli. I haven’t written my own article yet, but see the Wikipedia or IMDB articles.

Dogma (1999) – The Metatron, “Herald of the Almighty and Voice of the one true God,” peels back his trousers to reveal himself “as anatomically impaired as a Ken doll.” He descends to Earth to tell a woman, depressed over her loss of her uterus and consequent infertility, that she can become “Mother to the World” by fighting the forces of evil.

Northfork (2003) – When a dying orphan asks an angel, “Are you going to be my mother or my father?” the angel responds, “I’m both. Consider the perfect soul. I search for no one and no one looks for me. Whatever I need, I look within myself to find. I am complete. I am not king or queen, yet I am both a mother and a father.”

Murder 2 A Hindi-language Bollywood film (2011). Note also: The Wikipedia article for “hijra” features a number of film titles.

The Imitation Game A dramatized biography of Alan Turing, an early twentieth-century British mathematician.

Game of Thrones, an HBO television series, began in 2011 and is based on the books by George R. R. Martin. There are two significant eunuch characters.

  • Lord Varys – A member of the king’s Small Council.
  • Grey Worm – The leader of the Unsullied, an army of 8,000 eunuchs.

White Famous, a 2017 TV series. There is one comic scene about castration anxiety.

“Happy!” Season 1, Episode 7, “Destroyer of Worlds” (SyFy, available on Netflix) has the villain do a eunuch reveal. The relevant two-minute scene occurs approximately 34 minutes into the episode. It is described on Geek.com. The episode aired in January 2018.

And also in podcast:

“The Magic Tavern” has a recurring character, Benedict Whisperbrew.

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