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Gay Sex in the 70s
Gay Sex in the 70s
Actors: Larry Kramer, Roger McFarlane, Scott Bromley, Alvin Baltrop, Barton Benes
Director: Joseph Lovett
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
UR     2006     1hr 7min

The end of an era. The beginning of a movement. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, GAY SEX IN THE 70s director Joseph Lovett focuses his story on New York City between 1969 and 1981, using remarkable present-day interv...  more »

     
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Actors: Larry Kramer, Roger McFarlane, Scott Bromley, Alvin Baltrop, Barton Benes
Director: Joseph Lovett
Creators: Joseph Lovett, Art Labriola, Jason Szabo
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
Studio: Wolfe Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/06/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 7min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"New York was a constant cruising opportunity."
Dymon Enlow | 06/09/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The title is a little misleading since it only tells the story of gay sex in New York City in the 70's, but oh well I still enjoyed the film and tripped out on all the archival photos and video especially the gay docks and St. Mark's Baths! That was crazy!

My main beef though is there just wasn't enough meat to the story. Yea, everybody is having sex, sex, sex nonstop, but hearing about it over and over got kinda repetitive. I wish there had been some interviews with somebody other than just the sex participants like city officials or doctors to look at the story from a different perspective. Also a brief introduction would have been nice, people mentioned "stonewall" a few times but I have no idea what that is. It was never explained. Still worth watching.

For those out there keeping score: numerous rear nudity, brief frontal nudity and no penetration."
Recommended Documentary About 70s Gay Scene
Dorrie Wheeler | 06/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The documentary Gay Sex in the 70s examines the lifestyle and culture of gay men from 1969 to 1981--the dawn of the AIDS era. The documentary was produced by former ABC Producer (20/20)Joseph Lovett. Gay Sex in the 70s is an excellent film.

The film primarily focuses on the disco era. Various gay men describe their lives and how things happened during that era. There is also a great deal of archived footage incorporated into the film. From back rooms at clubs to wild scenes in semi trucks at the docks things were definitely wild and free during that era.

Gay Sex in the 70s is a great historical film. The saddest part of the film is when the early 1980's are discussed. The dawn of the AIDS era really impacted the gay community in a major way. One man shows a pile of pictures of all of his friends who died from the disease. Another man tells a story about how one of his patients called him when he was hospitalized for what he was told was a strange cancer. One great thing the film captured is how the gay community really took a handle of things and worked hard to promote awareness about the disease before the government or any other group got involved.

Gay Sex in the 70s is a film I highly recommend to historians and people interested in gay/lesbian culture.


I for one am someone who knew nothing about this era, so I found this film very enlightning.
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Limited scope, but still worth a look
G. Mitchell | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I was only a kid during the 70s, this documentary provides a fascinating, bittersweet snapshot of the "golden age of gay sex," i.e. after Stonewall and before full-blown AIDS - along with Friedkin's "Cruising," this doc shows us what NYC must have been like if you were young, hot, and single - and even if you weren't you could score, too. Hard to believe that this time period is only two decades ago, but it seems like a distant world, a long-lost era so alien from out contemporary culture. I wish the film had made an attempt to also cover other area around the nation like SF, LA, etc. but this insider glimpse of NYC nostalgia makes you pine for "the good old days" even if, in tragic hindsight, we know they could literally kill you."
All too true
Paul Stitelman | Bennington, Vermont | 07/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was there, and I found this film accurate. I have less nostalgia about the period though because, though it was a period of unrestrained hedonism it was also a period of transition and upheaval. In a very short time we went from total anonymity to visibility, and the experience was jarring for those in the gay community that took part and those looking on. This was not quite underlined in the film. While it was true that sex was lying around waiting to be picked up, this came at a price. The price was intimacy. Liberation came to mean being able to be promiscuous without shame; this had its upside. However, by and large, it didn't seem to diminish loneliness or desperation for a lot of people, and for many others it barred connection. The film portrayed the times honestly, and it was good to see the survivors as well as to remember those who didn't survive."