Before Stonewall [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The archival survey shows homosexual evolution from the 1920s to the 1969 riots at a Greenwich Village gay bar.
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Obviously there's a great deal of material to cover, and BEFORE STONEWALL does a decent job of presenting an overview of the main influences that brought about visibility and the emergence of an identity for gays and lesbians. That said, the documentary is quite localized in time and place, confining itself primarily to key US cities from the 1920s onwards, and largely ignoring the influence of other countries and figures, eg. Magnus Hirschfeld in Germany, and Oscar Wilde and the Uranian poets in the UK, all active from the late-1800s.
The DVD was issued for the 25th anniversary of the original documentary's release, hence inevitably many of the interviews will seem grainy and dated, but of course are no less interesting for that. There is much in the way of 'DVD extras', including a taped poetry reading by the late Allen Ginsberg and a panel discussion (including Ken Livingstone) that took place at the 23rd London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The latter is particularly instructive, as the makers of the documentary and those from the 'older generation' attempt to field questions about whether the spirit of Stonewall has been betrayed. I suspect that those legends Allen Ginsberg and Harry Hay would have much to say on this question, were they alive to serve witness.
BEFORE STONEWALL only covers U.S. Gay and Lesbian history from about the 1920's to the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969. It is a well-presented archive that informs us of the "coming out" of the U.S. Gay and Lesbian identity and community.
A good buy
Younger gay men should see the dvd and learn of the fight for their liberties! Older ones may like the pictorial record of earlier difficult times.
And the bar is still there. Visited in 2008. Now you should go, and think about what happened there!!
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