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Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  26 April 2005 (USA)
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A chronicle of gay culture in New York during the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era.

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Mel Cheren ...
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Lawrence Mass ...
Himself - Addiction Specialist, Writer (as Lawrence Mass M.D.)
Rodger McFarlane ...
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Susan Tomkin ...
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Richard A. Lynch ...
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Ken Unger ...
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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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3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent and to the point.

The topic is interesting and shows a clear contrast between the pre-AIDS world and the post-AIDS world. As I grew up, AIDS was already a factor, so to me the notion of random unsafe sex seems quite the gamble. It made me think about what could be discovered in years to come to make our present lifestyle seem like a game of Russian roulette. I enjoyed a short cameo by Swedish musician Sebastian Utbult! Also, anyone who is interested in the scene needs to see this movie. It's a definite trip to retrotown :)

Thank you for the eye opener, Mr. Lovett!


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