Gay Sex in the '70s

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This documentary explores the birth of the gay pride movement in New York after the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the sexual freedom that resulted. It touches on many aspects of gay culture in the 1970s, including music, drugs and art, followed by the devastating impact that the onset of AIDS had on the homosexual community. Told through several interviews and archival material, it paints a picture of solidarity and positivity while exploring the sexuality of a relatively new movement.

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  • Gay Sex in the '70s is technically erratic and far from definitive. Full of fascinating stories and fleshed out with evocative archival footage, it's also a loving portrait of a semi-forgotten New York.

    July 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • New York in the 1970s seems like an arena of nonstop gratification, but one that can only be understood in the context of the repression and fear that had gone before. It seems as distant as the 1890s.

    July 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ... lacks the authority of such gay documentary classics as "Word Is Out" and "Before Stonewall," which were far more inclusive.

    March 24, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • There is, however, little socio-political insight into the Dionysian revolution depicted here; the film seems to serve more as a nostalgia piece than anything.

    March 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 2, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The faces of that movement are what sell this story -- with enthusiasm, not regret.

    February 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gay Sex in the 70s

  • Feb 29, 2008
    I'm biased towards this doc, as it is the only film I've screened in weeks (and I average 5 movies per day) during which I did not briefly think or seriously consider "Yeah, I'll watch the rest of this later. Right now, I'm puttin on a porn and wanking instead". This doc had all the eye candy I needed to keep my complete mental attention, but that said, it is also an honest and illuminating examination of gay cruising scenes in the 70s up until the AIDS crisis. This is mostly a compilation of various interviews, and I can't recall any annoying overdone narration. This is an important document not just for gay men, but also anyone in human sexuality studies. And great asses abound ;D
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  • Oct 26, 2007
    Really interesting title. By the way it means mostly Gay Men. And apparently people would photograph all of the secret underground places where men would meet. Also..I didn't fully grasp the weight of everyone pulling together so much in the wake of the HIV/AIDS epidemic..so really interesting film.
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