On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ...
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On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later.Written by
Documentary on the making of the landmark gay play "The Boys in the Band". There's extensive interview footage of Matt Crowley talking about what got him to write it and how he got it into production. They also interview William Friedken about the making of the movie. There's also interviews with other playwrights or gay personalities about the play and movie.
Interesting but uneven. It's supposedly about the play and movie but there's way too much footage about Crowley talking about his private life. Also they never mention the failed sequel from Crowley called "The Men From the Boys". Also at times it turns into a time capsule of what gay life was like in the 1960s. It's not uninteresting but very confusing at times. So it's worthwhile but uneven.
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