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Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 April 2005 (USA)
A chronicle of gay culture in New York during the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era.

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Joseph F. Lovett (as Joseph Lovett)
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Cast overview:
Robert Alvarez Robert Alvarez ... Self - Hand in Hand Film Productions (as Bob Alvarez)
Alvin Baltrop Alvin Baltrop ... Self - Photographer
Barton Benes Barton Benes ... Self - Artist
Tom Bianchi Tom Bianchi ... Self - Photographer
Mel Cheren Mel Cheren ... Self - CEO, West End Records
Arnie Kantrowitz Arnie Kantrowitz ... Self - English Professor, Activist, Writer
Larry Kramer ... Self - Writer, Activist
Lawrence Mass Lawrence Mass ... Self - Addiction Specialist, Writer (as Lawrence Mass M.D.)
Rodger McFarlane Rodger McFarlane ... Self - Foundation Director, Writer, Activist
Susan Tomkin Susan Tomkin ... Self - Asst. to Bruce Mailman, The Saint & St. Mark's Baths
Richard A. Lynch Richard A. Lynch ... Self
Ken Unger Ken Unger ... Self - Internist (as Ken Unger M.D.)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Should be called, "18 New Yorkers in the 70's"
21 June 2006 | by MarkDcomicSee all my reviews

This is a film that suffers from the same malady that so many gay films suffer from. It's all about New Yorkers, and only eighteen of them. (Count the cast yourself.)

Like Longtime Companion, and even Angels in America, it assumes that homosexuals only live and love in NYC.

Considering the title I guess I expected a broader more enlightening documentary.

In the opening segment it promises to cover 69-81, Stonewall till AIDS. Then it goes on to cover AIDS anyway, in a tact-on perfunctory manner. "See how the consequences played out?" it seems to say.

The film is not particularly enlightening in any way and nothing that hasn't' been said before.

It would certainly be nice to see a film someday that could encompass the gay experience of all of America instead of a tiny group of New Yorkers.

The fact that San Francisco is not even mentioned should tell you that this film does not live up to it's title.

If you want to see a film about gay sexuality, you would be better off looking up "SEX IS," or even renting some classic gay porn.


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26 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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$17,357, 6 November 2005

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$249,565

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