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Silverlake Life - The View from Here
Silverlake Life - The View from Here
Actor: Mark Massi
Director: Peter Friedman (II)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
NR     2003     1hr 39min

10 years following its theatrical debut, this landmark film continues to captivate audiences around the world with its raw and powerful honesty. Winner of over 10 International Awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the...  more »

     
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Actor: Mark Massi
Director: Peter Friedman (II)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Gay & Lesbian, Docurama
Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/29/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A TRUE life lesson
Marjorie | Dallas, TX United States | 01/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One night I was up late flipping through stations when I found this playing on the Sundance channel. Like many of the reviewers before me, I was just going to watch a little until something better came on. However, after 5 minutes I couldn't take my eyes off the screen and my heart and emotions were 100% into this couple dealing with AIDS. At the end of this movie I cried as though these people were friends of mine. It touched me so much I have spent months trying to find its name. If you haven't seen it- BUY NOW! This documentary is a true life lesson for everyone- teaching the importance of living your life to the fullest, telling your loved ones how much you care for them every moment you can and for those who STILL do not believe there is such thing as true love in a ... relationship- this couple will show you a love that few people (straight or otherwise) will ever have."
What Does It All Mean?
TKKGUY | Orange County, CA United States | 02/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled upon this documentary not too long ago on DVD and watched it this past weekend. It is a deeply moving story of Tom and Mark, two gay men who have been together for 22 years and are slowly dying of AIDS. Their lives are shown raw and uncensored. We see them for who they--two deeply caring and loving human beings just trying to cope, understand, and triumph in this mystery called Life. We also see how a horrible disease, such as AIDS, slowly ravages one's mind and body. But I think the most one can take from this documentary is the simple truth of Love, and, living the most of each day. You can not help but cry and realize how foolish we really all are with our materialistic obsessions of money, vainity, celebrities, and other nonsense. Interwoven with the lives of these two special men, we also see glimpses of such simple things--a walk in a garden, the inspiring beauty of a blooming flower, the sight of a humming bird in flight, the comfort found in their pet cat as Tom's mother seeks solace after seeing her son die. It is the simple and pure things in life, like Love and the beauty of Life, that matter. Thank you Tom and Mark for reminding us."
A testament of two lives lived
R. Kastl | Lone Tree, CO, USA | 11/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As another reviewer mentioned, I saw this when it aired on PBS back in the early 90s. And also as another stated, I had no intention of watching the whole thing. But I found myself drawn into this documentary in a manner that I have never been before or since. I have rarely, if ever, had a movie touch me in the way this one has.The movie makes no pretense or statement about living life with full-blown AIDS. It is poigniant in every respect, showing the simple realities of life, and death.After watching this movie, I would also suggest taking time to view 'And The Band Played On' about the U.S. reaction to the AIDS epidemic in the mid-80s."
First hand view of living with AIDS
R. Kastl | 04/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A gay couple who both suddenly fall victim to the disease of AIDS, decide to film their lives as the disease slowly robs one of them of his health, mental faculties and finally life . One of the man's disease is much more progressed then the other's so the healthy one does much to care for his dieing lover during most of the film. Short of showing actual sex, this movie leaves nothing out. It shows the grim reality of this disease , in full unbiased view, and makes no attempt to voice any political message. The man's disease progresses from lesions, demensia, and yes , actual death . The movie is just as much about death as it is about AIDS itself, and shows the man's reaction as he discovers that his lover is finally dead. Even the dead body of the man is shown in full view, as it is wrapped up and carried off by the corroner. As a straight man, I found this movie very educational and actually recommend that all young adults see it, for it is also an effective reminder of the consequence of unsafe sex, as well as understanding gay relationships ."