A decade in Berlin, sweeping change not only for gays & Berlin, but for sexuality & politics worldwide
This film, a collection of shorts from the known Berlin Director Wieland Speck, is best appreciated, as I saw it, in a festival setting. And in the best of scenarios, as part of a retrospective of Speck's work, as MIX BRASIL is now doing in November/December throughout Brazilian capitals.........The film has all the trademark Speck traits: his emphasis on Berlin architecture, Berlin-specific scenarios, and unique views of the very varied gay scene there........Now seen in hindsight, the film is especially, and doubly interesting. We see the relatively cushy, isolated life of West Berlin in the early 80s through the fall of the Wall, and to German Reunification in 1991. At the same time, we see the gay scene going from the over-the-top everything goes pre-AIDS days to the appearance of the disease, its consequences, and the fight against it which began in earnest as this film ends, in 1991. An historic collage of gay shorts.
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