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Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

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

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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
...
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 ...
Himself
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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Work That Body
Written by Kenton Nix
Published by Kenix Music (ASCAP) & Sugar Biscuit Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug
Performed by Taana Gardner
Courtesy of West End Records, a Division of Payback Industries, Inc.
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Very good documentary
15 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Probably the first documentary ever done about gay sex before AIDS hit. It has interviews with various men who lived through the 1970s and some incredible film footage and photographs. It shows how Stonewall liberated gays and made them fight back. It opened the doors for gay bars, bathhouses and virtual nonstop anonymous sex. The movie doesn't pass judgment on the subjects. It just shows it how it was.

I was born in 1962 so when I came out in the 1980s AIDS was in full effect. I've heard how great the 70s were and this documentary shows me a time we'll probably never see again. It doesn't shy away from the dark side--it makes it clear people were robbed or beaten (or killed) and there were plenty of STDs being passed around. Also it shows the rampant drug abuse going on. I honestly can't say that I personally agree with the nonstop sex and drugs, but it does show gay men having sex and not apologizing for it--and that's just great.

This is obviously not for everybody--it's unrated but no one under 18 is admitted--and some of it may be too graphic for some (there's PLENTY of sex and nudity). Still, it chronicles an important time in gay and US history and is invaluable. I give it an 8 because it does have its slow spots.


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