Before Stonewall Reviews
it traces back to the early beginnings of gays and lesbians coming out about their sexual nature and having to face judgment along with persecution
all the interviews and reasearch studies are well-put together deciphering the events leading up to the Stonewall riots in the summer of 1969
the viewer's knowledge and understanding will be wonderfully expanded about the gay perspective
it's a terrific film in case you want to learn about human studies or more about homosexuals, it should not be missed
It mostly focuses on life from World War II to 1969. Before WWII, there was almost no visibility whatsoever for queer people. Soldiers drafted into the war from small towns all across the country began to find that they were not alone when they were gathered for battle.
Interviews and archival footage present the stories of several gay activists and of some of the most influential people of the time like poet Allen Ginsberg, lesbian author Ann Bannon, and Dr. Evelyn Hooker, who was heavily influenced by Kinsey's 1948 research and did the first full-scale study of 'normal, well-adjusted' gay men in the 1950's.
Pre Stonewall times was not as sensational as I perceived, at least not in this film. We in the community must have some consciousness of Stonewall in New York's Greenwich Village, and how it consequently released the pressure from the cooker in 1969. But as the individuals recounted their experiences in the film, all seemed to be peachy keen.
There were some incidents, of course, but nothing that the lesbian contingent in particular was not able to stand up to with dignity, or address with a beer bottle smashed on the head of the heckler. You go, sister in leather!
However, for its production value, 'Before Stonewall' is a tad boring. The content is informative, but the delivery is blase. I thought it would build up LBG circumstances and lead it to the Stonewall riot which birthed the movement.
There is a sequel documentary, though - 'Before And After Stonewall.' Let's see how that goes.
Told through the eyes of gays and lesbians both black and white on their experiences culminating at the explosive moment of the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
A good history Lesson
I recommend this film to anyone curious about gay culture (in the US- it is biased) before 1969. There are some amazing interviews with gays and lesbians in their 70's talking about the repression back in the 30's and 40's and being gay in WW2.
But the BEST parts are seeing some of the HORRIBLE outfits the old gays were wearing in 1985. My god...
They should have covered the gays in the arts, specifically painting- but completely left that out for some reason.
All in all- informative- but not entertaining.