Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased. Written by
Mark Fleetwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
The title refers to the only way that newspapers at the time would allow a gay man's lover to be listed in an obituary. See more
In the segment marked "July 3, 1981" people dance to the song "Do You Wanna Funk?" by Sylvester
, but this song was not released until 1982. See more
What do you think happens when we die?
We get to have sex again.
from Water Music Suite in F Major
Written by George Frideric Handel
(as Georg Frideric Handel)
Performed by Ars rediviva
Courtesy of Supraphon See more