The Boys in the Band
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Based upon the 1968 Off-Broadway play, this 1970 film adaption by William Friedkin retains all of the stage cast and most of the dialogue. The story is simple enough, Michael Connelly is throwing a party for his friend Harold when an old college roommate, who is presumably straight, arrives and throws the party into turmoil. Michael, who clearly has had a drinking problem, hits the bottle again as a result of the conflict. Kenneth Nelson gives a brilliant performance as Michael who is quickly unravelling with every drink and who begins to tear down his friends one by one. The party climaxes in a 'truth' game which proves oddly cathartic to everyone but Michael.
Many issues have arisen over the years with 'The Boys in the Band'. Were these men mostly stereotypes? Is this work still relevant to gay life? What does it say about where we are in light of where we've been?
Your answers to these questions may well depend on your age. For myself, when first viewing this as a 22 year old in 1987, I found it amusing but ultimately sad and upsetting. A dozen years later of being out in gay life, I have come to learn how masterful this work is and that while times have changed in many ways for the better, many of the issues that the 'boys' were dealing with back then are still being dealt with today. Issues of religious and societal intolerance and the attempt to forge a positive gay identity in an often hostile world are still very much with us today.
I believe the reason 'The Boys in the Band' is so humorous is that the camp humor of that time was largely a coping mechanism of sorts.Read more ›
Also, Cliff Gorman died on Sept. 5th of 2002 from Leukemia leaving only 3 "Boys" left... Hank (Laurence Luckinbill), Alan (Peter White) and Bernard (Reuben Greene). All the boys except Emory died from AIDS.
I sincerely hope that if the sequel does make it to film that Mart Crowley would use the three remainging original "Boys" actors in the film. I've met Laurence Luckinbill and briefly discussed the work with him and he is rightly very proud of it. I'm sure he would jump at the chance to reprise his role. Using these three actors would lend the sequel a profound connection to the original...
I mean, who could play Hank, Alan & Bernard.... better than... well "Hank, Larry & Bernard?"
Also, do pick up a copy of "3 Plays by Mart Crowley"...Read more ›
Therefore, don't waste any money buying the Koch Lorber Blu-Ray. The old DVD was struck from the same master and had the same issues in terms of excessive grain. I know it sounds idiotic (especially in times of digital mastering) the old VHS is better than the DVD and/or blu-ray.
Kino Lorbeer (who already screwed up big time on "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" - as well as on many other titles) should be ashamed to peddle such obvious crap.
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A movie I've always admired --- funny and tragic by turns. Closely adheres to Mart Crowley's play. Nearly all of the performers of the stage presentation play their parts in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce G. Taylor
The blu Ray quality of this decades old film was excellent!!!! I'm very satisfied with my purchase!Published 3 months ago by Douglas Smith
The sound quality on this disc if awful. It drops in and out, and I was constantly turning it up and down to keep up with it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Whisler
I found out about this movie after reading Vito Russo's 'Celluloid Closet". Its a fascinating piece of film making. Anyone watching this film has to put it into context. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RBC from NYC
This film is a classic. I regret I was a bit young to go see the play, but I did see the film as a teen! And it's basically a stage play rendered on film. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sammy
Classic gay cinema film. Didn't looked spectacular in high definition but then again the movie probably didn't have a big budget.Published 7 months ago by moviebuff
An amazing movie for its time. It still stands up as a true description of the gay angst of the day with issues resonating out to now. Highly recommended to all. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Roger Wilde
Great drama but the Blu ray transfer is shoddy at best. Buy the DVD instead and save a few dollars.Published 7 months ago by Derek Flint