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Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | | Documentary, History | 27 June 1985 (USA)
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The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

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Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg (co-director)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Mae Brown Rita Mae Brown ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maua Adele Ajanaku Maua Adele Ajanaku ... Herself - activist and teacher
Red Jordan Arobateau Red Jordan Arobateau ... Himself - writer
Ann Bannon ... Herself - university professor
Lisa Ben Lisa Ben ... Herself - former secretary
Gladys Bentley Gladys Bentley ... Herself - Nightclub Singer (voice) (archive footage)
Ivy Bottini Ivy Bottini ... Herself - former housewife, co-founder N.Y. N.O.W.
George Buse George Buse ... Himself - newspaper reporter, former Army Chaplain
Carroll Davis Carroll Davis ... Himself - performer
Martin Duberman Martin Duberman ... Himself - historian and playwright
Grant Gallup Grant Gallup ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Barbara Gittings Barbara Gittings ... Herself - gay activist
Barbara Grier Barbara Grier ... Herself - publisher
Mabel Hampton Mabel Hampton ... Herself - dancer, former domestic worker
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New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (some images in black and white)| Color

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1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Prove It on Me Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Ma Rainey
Performed by Ma Rainey and Her Tub Jug Washboard Band
Played during the Gladys Bentley sequence
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A Landmark Documentary
5 November 2000 | by citizen_cupidSee all my reviews

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen this wonderful documentary. The archival material alone -- film clips and still photographs of gay life in America between 1900 and the '60s -- is enough to make this film a treasure; but it is the interviews with survivors of the pre-Stonewall era that make Before Stonewall a priceless heirloom of gay studies and a must in the personal education of any socially conscious person interested in gay culture.


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