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
I have seen this film, too, and I was somewhat taken back in time having seen it since it was a complete reenactment of my entire life in New York at that time, and a time capsule of gay like during the 1970s. I was fortunate enough to live through the AIDS era because I has a monogamous relationship at the time, but many of my friends are dead now, and that is the sad part of seeing the film. The scenes from the 70s in the film including the candid interviews made this film worthwhile. I was lucky enough to see it at a special private screening when in new york recently, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in gay history and gay sex from 1969 onward. One aspect of the film discussed the discos and the baths. I remember a time when Manhattan had at least ten active gay bathhouses, from the ten story Man's Country to the sleazy Everard Baths. I went to all of them, and I still have my Continental Baths towel that I bought at Bloomingdales. What memories! I don't live in NYC anymore. I am in Hawaii, but according to this site (BathhouseGuide.com) there are still gay bathhouses operating in the Big Apple. Cheers, Eddie
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