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Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic ... See full summary »

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Dorthea House ...
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Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic finale depicting the fall of a city devoted to sins of the flesh. Digitally mastered from excellent 35mm elements. Lot In Sodom has its original experimental soundtrack by Alec Wilder. Written by Anonymous

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Gay version of "Reefer Madness"
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly shocked when viewing this film for a class I'm taking.

All those beautiful images of bare-skinned men: you can't construct images like that without having a gay eye.

What we have here is the story of Lot: too much homosexuality and God will strike you down. But, in order to illustrate exactly what was/is so sinful, the filmmakers Watson and Webber, explicitly detail bare male bodies and the actions/emotions they inspire (from other bare male bodies).

At least one young man's glance directly into the camera is "cruising" glance.

And what beautiful men these Sodomites are! The actors were clearly carefully selected for their rippled bodies - and they seem to have no problem running around, chasing after each other. Clearly, there was some "camaraderie" among them. And, clearly, the filmmakers did not simply hold an open casting call and take whatever guys showed up. Those boys were "screened."

What really got me was the presumed "straight" men - Lot and a few others - are old and made-up (well, Lot is made-up) so as to appear very unattractive, unappealing.

What I took away from this film was a sense of "the world of gay men be 'sinful' but look how ugly the world of heterosexuals is." We must remember that this is "avant-garde" film: if it doesn't make sense to you, well then the filmmakers succeeded in their efforts. Pieces like this are meant more to evoke moods more than illustrate narratives. That said, "Lot in Sodom" is probably one of the few to maintain a recognizable narrative. (And that title - I could almost swear it's something of a joke - maybe "(A)Lot in Sodom"?)


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