Marc Huestis edits interviews with 15 men, including himself, around a set of topics starting with "what is sex?" The men are gay, living in or near San Francisco. They talk about their ...
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Marc Huestis edits interviews with 15 men, including himself, around a set of topics starting with "what is sex?" The men are gay, living in or near San Francisco. They talk about their first sexual experiences, the gay scene in San Francisco in the late 1970s, the pall cast by AIDS, the safe-sex movement, getting into serious relationships, the illness and death of partners, pornography, S/M and pain, race and stereotypes, personal fantasies, and bliss. Huestis has a thesis, that sex is going to be with us, so how best do we embrace it? His 15 subjects, archival footage, clips from porn films, and close-up looks at men loving men flesh out various answers.Written by
This documentary covers the whole fascinating spectrum of what sex means in gay society. It covers the issues of race, religion, monogamy/promiscuity, love, friendship, community, gender identity, coming out, coming of age, coming...(!) and by showing the dichotomies of different stories, it weaves a whole patchwork of the makings of a community from the personal to the political. All the commentary is interesting because as diverse as it is, each commentator is telling us about some piece of ourselves. By including people of all ages, it tells us something of our history (something which the current generation is commonly interested in forgetting). History of the past and history in the making. It's also damn sexy!
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