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Last Call at Maud's (1993)

From 1966 until 1989, Maud's was a San Francisco bar for women. Almost half the film sets the context leading to Maud's opening: lesbians discovering their sexual orientation and having few... See full summary »

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From 1966 until 1989, Maud's was a San Francisco bar for women. Almost half the film sets the context leading to Maud's opening: lesbians discovering their sexual orientation and having few places to socialize; the foundation of the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955; the need for alternatives to gay (men's) bars, subject to police raids in the 1950s. So, Ricky Streicher opened Maud's: her goal was an honest, open, free place. Good times were on the rise until the late 1970s, then came Harvey Milk's assassination and AIDS. People drank less in the 1980s as well and had fewer casual affairs. Maud's closes, and patrons express great fondness for the place and its people. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Lovely Bit of Lesbian History
14 August 1999 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

What a nice film! A terrific look at life in San Francisco's lesbian community as it emerged and grew over recent decades. The ever-charming and heroic Del Martin and her lover Phyllis Lyon, as well as the wonderful Sally Gearhart (whom many will recognize from "The Times of Harvey Milk") and many others are interviewed to commemorate the closing of Maud's, a lesbian bar and institution for 23 years. The warmth and goodwill that surrounded this place make this a true feel-good film and a bit of must-see social history.


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