Director: John Scagliotti & Greta Schiller
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088782/
File Name: Before Stonewall-1984-John Scagliotti and Greta Schiller.avi
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Runtime (# of frames): 1:26:24 (155338 frames)
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Plot summary: New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots.
Review: I have lost count of the number of times I have seen this wonderful documentary. The archival material alone -- film clips and still photographs of gay life in America between 1900 and the '60s -- is enough to make this film a treasure; but it is the interviews with survivors of the pre-Stonewall era that make Before Stonewall a priceless heirloom of gay studies and a must in the personal education of any socially conscious person interested in gay culture.
Apr 08, 2009, 20:43:34
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