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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (1992)

Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first ... See full summary »
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Keely Moll ... Herself
Stephanie Ozard ... Herself
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Reva Hutkin ... Herself
Lois M. Stuart ... Herself
Nairobi ... Herself
Jeanne Healy ... Herself
Amanda White ... Herself
Carol Ritchie-MacKintosh ... Herself
Ruth Christine ... Herself
... Laura
Lynne Adams ... Mitch
Marie-Jo Therio ... Beth
George Thomas ... Bill
Lory Wajnberg ... Bartender
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Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first affairs, the pain of breaking up, frequenting gay bars, facing police raids, men's responses, and the etiquette of butch and femme roles. Interspersed among the interviews and archival footage are four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, "Forbidden Love": Laura leaves her hick town and heads for the city, where she meets Mitch in a bar. Sparks fly, and so do laughter and joy. Ann Bannon, one of the writers of those paperback novels about forbidden love, talks about the genre. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An important, fantastic, funny, moving, very memorable documentary.
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I saw this when it was released and never forgot it, most of my friends also remember it clearly! It is a wonderful glimpse into the lives of lesbians in the 50s, in many ways different from now - the hidden=ness and secrecy, the butch femme culture - and in many ways so the same - who was going out with who, when, how they fell in love, broke up, wove their lives and made family of their friendships.

Highly recommend it as an uplifting piece of Lesbian History, and a vision of what we younger lesbians may look like as we age. DELIGHTFUL!


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