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Vapors (1965)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Short  |  3 December 1965 (USA)
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A controversial look at the lives and conflicts of a group of homosexual men set during one evening in a New York bath house for men.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Dahdah ...
Mr. Jaffee
Gerald Jacuzzo ...
Thomas
Hal Sherwood ...
Miss Parrish
Hal Borske ...
Mavis (as Haal Borske)
Richard Goldberger ...
Larry Ree ...
Taffy
Larry Joels ...
Clerk
Ron Keith ...
Intruder
Myron Williams ...
Attendant
Matt Baylor ...
Man
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1965: Mr. Jaffeea is a curious but closeted married man, who decides to take a walk on the wild side one night over to the local bath house located in Times Square, New York. When he is a approached by Thomas, a swinging regular who takes an interest in Mr. Jaffe as the new face "on the scene", a deep and philosophical discussion about marriage, homosexuality and other social taboos begins to unexpectedly unfold. The two become emotionally intimate in a very short time, with no sexual contact of any sort, while everyone around them are screwing like rabbits. Written by Humberto Amador

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First film by a grind house superstar is possibly better than everything else that followed simply because it was closest to his heart
30 June 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Milligan's first film is possibly his best. Certainly its one of the few where the technical limitations of his equipment didn't hurt the film (Andy used basically one camera with one lens which could make things cramped) The plot has the meeting of two men in a gay bath house and talking. Very little happens other than other men come and go and you sense the longing and the need to connect to someone like yourself. One of the first films graphically (well for the time) deal with homosexuality as something real and not monstrous this film rattled cages. Very much an independent film, low budget art film this is very different than almost anything else that Milligan did (at least that survives). There is a rawness and a realness that shines through so that even though we know its artificial we can sense the reality behind it. Clearly not for all tastes this is an interesting look for those who like Milligans drek, to see where he started, and its an interesting side note for theater buffs to see one of the footnote founders of off Broadway went off theater.


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