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A Very Natural Thing (1974)

R | | Drama, Romance | 26 June 1974 (USA)
A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert McLane ...
David (as Robert Joel)
Curt Gareth ...
Mark
Bo White ...
Jason
Anthony McKay ...
Gary, the Roommate
Marilyn Meyers ...
Valerie, his Fiance
Jay Pierce ...
Alan
Barnaby Rudge ...
Hughey
A. Bailey Chapin ...
Minister
Scott Eisman ...
Student
Michael Kell ...
Boating Family
Sheila Rock ...
Boating Family
Linda Weitz ...
Boating Family
Robert Grillo ...
Edgar
Howard Blakey ...
Charles (as Kurt Brandt)
George Diaz ...
Miguel
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When David, an ex-monk still in his twenties meets Mark, he falls hard; soon he's asked Mark if they can live together. Things go well for awhile, and then differences in their definition of "commitment" begin to push them apart. Mark wants other sexual adventures, David tries to go along. Can they talk through the crisis in their relationship or is a breakup in the offing? David sees his relationship with Mark as a marriage, so if it ends, can David's heart ever heal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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David and Jason's relationship... it's the same only different.

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Drama | Romance

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Christopher Larkin, the film's writer/director/producer, committed suicide on June 21, 1988. See more »

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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
By Samuel Barber
(By special Permission of G. Shirmer Inc.)
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Sweet and Beautiful
3 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only heard of this film in passing, and did not realize how good it was until I rented the DVD. Don't be put off by the dated 1970s music, wardrobes, hairstyles, small-budget, grainy photography, etc. for this is a milestone in gay cinema. Made just about 5 years after the groundbreaking "Boys in The Band", this greatly improves upon that film, with no self-loathing characters, but natural, real people. The writer-director Christopher Clark incorporates pensive dialogue in the story of an ex-Seminary student who finds love with one man, but is soon turned away from him and eventually finds peace with someone else. The musical score is moving, with classical pieces and more. Cast of unknowns unfortunately remained that way, but they are all outstanding. The parade sequences give added flavor and still timely food for thought. The last 5 minutes, with slow-motion photography and soaring music (pre-dates "Chariots of Fire" -1981), better illustrates male bonding than anything seen before or since. Most of the latter-day gay films remain silly, shallow, frequently mean-spirited fodder, with "Making Love" (1982 - good, "Maurice" (1987 - better) "Big Eden" (2000 -great) among the few notable exceptions. A classic awaiting rediscovery.


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