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Gay Sex in the 70's 2005

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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.

Starring:
Robert Alvarez, Alvin Baltrop
Runtime:
1 hour, 10 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Joseph F. Lovett
Starring Robert Alvarez, Alvin Baltrop
Supporting actors Barton Benes, Tom Bianchi, Mel Cheren, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Lawrence Mass, Rodger McFarlane, Susan Tomkin, Richard A. Lynch, Ken Unger, Joseph F. Lovett, Bette Midler
Studio Lovett Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Paul Stitelman on 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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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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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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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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As a young gay man this documentary is a very important relic in the gay history archives. As GLBT people in the new millenium we have this generation to thank for our liberation from the proverbial closet. These guys celebrated who they were and never apologized to anyone. They were the first truly liberated generation of gay men. Without them issues such as gay marraige and equality for GLBT's wouldn't even be on most political referendums.

With that said "Gay Sex in the 70's" was an eye opener! These men took free love and pride to it's apex. I often wonder, as someone who has never known a world without HIV/AIDS, would I have reveled in the hedonism and decadence of the 1970's? I won't lie, I would have had it off with a few. However, many of these guys, had they lived now, would be diagnosed as sexual addicts. It seemed like sex was the penultimate reason for existence as a gay man back then. While the celebration of sexual freedom and each other was a beautiful thing the blatant disregard for one's own health and well being was dumbfounding. The subject of "The trucks" disturbed me. They were willing to go anywhere, with anyone, just to have a moment of pleasure.

While gay men involved themselves in every sexual excess you can fathom they were innocent babes in the woods, for the most part. That is what really struck me. Rampant drug use, orgies, and public sex were just the norm in the community, and no one gave it a second thought. The sexual freedom and self love was wonderful, but there was still a degree of self loathing that came with a high price that their's and subsequent generations are paying for. The pendulum definitely shifted and that generation paid dearly for it's excesses.

Overall, I was really impressed by the documentary.
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