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Gay Sex in the 70s

Larry Kramer , Tom Bianchi , Joseph Lovett  |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Larry Kramer, Tom Bianchi
  • Directors: Joseph Lovett
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lovett Productions, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1932134670
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Joseph Lovett's nostalgic paean to the erotic utopia of his youth . . . the film is quite successful, using archival photographs, clips from pornographic films and television commercials, and interviews to evoke the time period between June 1969, when the Stonewall riots brought homosexuality out of the shadows, to June 1981, when the AIDS epidemic began. --Dana Stevens, New York Times

An engrossing piece of social history, a lively, astonishingly well-documented excavation of that period between June 1969 and June 1981 when gay men in New York experienced a bacchanalian burst of sexual liberation. --The Washington Post

Lovett's film is a finely balanced and loving work of history . . . Whether you find yourself shocked or delighted (or both) by all the mustachioed man-flesh on display, Gay Sex in the 70s is an often-hilarious tribute to its city and its era . . . It doesn't shy away from the question of how the party ended, with the arrival of a catastrophe that devastated the gay community and made impossible demands on its newfound sense of identity and unity. --Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

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Gay Sex in the 70s pays a steamy visit to the sexually charged period post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS (1969-1981) when gay men experienced an unprecedented sexual freedom.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All too true July 10, 2006
Format:DVD
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limited scope, but still worth a look August 14, 2006
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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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Documentary About 70s Gay Scene June 18, 2006
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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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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "New York was a constant cruising opportunity." June 9, 2006
Format:DVD
For a micro-budget documentary this is a good introduction to the gay scene in the 1970's, butt the title is misleading since it only tells the story of gay men in New York City in the 70's. There is absolutely nothing about anything outside of NYC which is sad because I was hoping this would talk some about gay oppression in other countries. Butt, oh well, I still enjoyed the film and was amazed by all the archival photos and video, especially the gay docks, "the trucks" and St. Mark's Baths! That was some crazy [...]!!! The St. Mark's Bath sounded awesome! Why can't there be something like that for heterosexuals nowadays?! I'd be there every weekend.

My main beef though is there just wasn't enough meat to the story. Yea, everybody is [...] and [...] and [...] nonstop, butt hearing about it over and over chafed me kinda raw. I wanted the film to penetrate deeper into the story. Instead it just poked around the rim. I wish there had been some interviews with somebody other than just the sex participants, like city officials or doctors or even some anti-gay preachers to look at the story from a different perspective. Also a brief introduction would have been nice, people mentioned "Stonewall" and "LGBT", butt I have no idea what those words mean so I had to look it up myself.

Those are just a few small complaints, don't let it scare you off from diving mouth first into this film. And at only 71 minutes it's packed tight with juicy information. For those out there keeping score: numerous rear nudity, a few flaccid wieners and no penetration.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gay Sex in the 70's July 6, 2007
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This film serves a valuable purpose by covering a topic that is mostly ignored by other chroniclers of Gay History in the 70's, However it has its own biasis and leaves one surprisingly gaping hole. The subjects interviewed are all knowlegeable and generous in sharing their personal recollections, and through their stories it's possible to get a glimpse of this otherwise blacked out area of gay culture. Unfortunatley the viewer might be led to believe that EVERYONE was using drugs back then. This is not so. While drugs were certainly prevelent at the trucks and the baths and the back-room-bars, and the abandoned piers, many people chose not to partake. In fact it was possible to frequent these places regularly, engage in sexual acts with mulitple partners, and still avoid partnering with people who were high or intoxicated. It was also possible, after spending hours sampling from a vast tapestry of different partners, to end the evening in the bed of a carefully selected mate, or to bring him home to your own apartment. I did these frequently, always sober, and (almost) always with sober partners. The other glaring omission of the film is the lack of any mention of Subway "Tea-Rooms". It is amazing that none of those interviewed talks about it. I am sure that they all must have had ample experiences in them. Younger people today find it hard to believe that subways stations even ever used to have bathrooms. But once upon a time every single subway station, in every borough, was required to have a bathroom that was working and accessible 24 hours. And what's more, Gay sex was going on all day long in every single one of them. Until the late 60's it cost a dime to enter them. Then, a law suit required the City to make them free. In the early 80's, in the face of the early AIDS hysteria, Mayor Koch closed them all down, together with the bath houses. And we all mourned. submitted by Steve Ashkinazy
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1.0 out of 5 stars QUEER DETH
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Published 3 months ago by GCD
1.0 out of 5 stars A silly and vapid documentary.
I saw this joke of a "documentary". It started out well; but then got very boring with the constant talk about nothing but what the title of the film is, and it focused... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.
2.0 out of 5 stars Bruce
I lived there in the 70"s and I am a gay man and it did not cover it very well. There is so much more to say about gay sex in the 70's.
Published 11 months ago by Philip A. Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A portrayal of history not told in the history books and so unfortunate. Definitely recommend to anyone who doesn't remember.
Published 14 months ago by scott walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating documentary on Pre-AIDS gay life in NYC!
Although a bit startling in its frankness, this documentary is well made and very informative about what life was like for gays living in NYC during the 1970's! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Laura Buenrostro
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting, revolting, probably accurate.
This video probably represents the subject truthfully, but I had no idea how revolting the situation was at the time. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by anon.
4.0 out of 5 stars `From Repression to Celebration'
This is a documentary from the film maker Josephn Lovett, he actually appears in this too. He tracks gay life in New York from 1969 and the Stonewall riots, to 1981 and the... Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Tommy Dooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good documentary about this era in NYC
I think this documentary was very well done. While the title should have been more specific,I think the documentary itself is a poignant series of narratives about a unique point... Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by J. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days Of Our Lives!!
Without being raunchy and taking a chance on not getting this review published,
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Published on November 12, 2009 by HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!!
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
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Published on September 4, 2009 by Sam Iam
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