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Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | | Documentary, History | 27 June 1985 (USA)
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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Homosexuals should be judged as individuals 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

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

My Buddy
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Frank Sinatra with Harry James and His Orchestra
Played during the WWII sequence
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Getting caught often led to ruined lives, imprisonment, commitment to a mental institution or suicide.
25 July 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

An absolutely fascinating account of gay life in the United States before 1969, especially how WWII changed everything.

This collection of interviews, archival material, and history gives a clear picture of how gays and lesbians lived and interacted in this country before people "came out" publicly.

I was impressed with those who came out openly in the 50s and started the first gay and lesbian organizations and magazines. These were people of extreme courage.

The incorporation of gays and lesbians in the civil rights movement and the women's movement was thoroughly examined.

This film should be seen by all to have a better understanding of oppression in America, and how far we have come.


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