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A chronicle of gay culture in New York during the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era.

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Cast overview:
Robert Alvarez ...
Himself - Hand in Hand Film Productions (as Bob Alvarez)
Alvin Baltrop ...
Himself - Photographer
Barton Benes ...
Himself - Artist
Tom Bianchi ...
Himself - Photographer
Mel Cheren ...
Himself - CEO, West End Records
Arnie Kantrowitz ...
Himself - English Professor, Activist, Writer
Larry Kramer ...
Himself - Writer, Activist
Lawrence Mass ...
Himself - Addiction Specialist, Writer (as Lawrence Mass M.D.)
Rodger McFarlane ...
Himself - Foundation Director, Writer, Activist
Susan Tomkin ...
Herself - Asst. to Bruce Mailman, The Saint & St. Mark's Baths
Richard A. Lynch ...
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Ken Unger ...
Himself - Internist (as Ken Unger M.D.)
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Thirteen men and one woman look back at gay life and sex in Manhattan and Fire Island - from Stonewall (June, 1969) to the first reporting on AIDS (June, 1981). They describe the rapid move from repression to celebration, from the removal of shame to joy, the on-going search for "someone," the freedom before AIDS, the friendships, and brotherhood. They take us through cruising and sex in public places, the drug scene, the bars and the baths, the birth of entertainment and dance clubs, and starry nights on Fire Island. Photographs, home movies, newsreels, and film clips illustrate the story. A few contemporary "what did the 70's mean?" man-in-the-street takes end the documentary. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A perfect time capsule of a almost lost era!
29 May 2009 | by (Grand Rapids MI) – See all my reviews

This documentary gives us a look at the freedom and decadence that was a big part of gay culture between the repression of the 50s and 60s pre Stonewall era and the AIDS crisis of the 80's and 90's. What we had were the crazy 70s! The documentary acts as both a celebration of this period and as a cautionary tale about how too much excess can be dangerous and how many of the men discussed in the film had to eventually "Pay the piper".

There are some things to note for example. There seems to be more acceptance and tolerance of gays and lesbians in America now then there ever was even during the "sexual revolution" of the 70s. Back then if you were gay the only way you could truly live a free life was if you packed your bags and moved to a big city like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Chicago!


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