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  • Directors: Lloyd Reckord, Andy Milligan, Bill Douglas, Peter de Rome
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VIHQDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ENCOUNTERS
Four ground-breaking classics of gay Cinema

In a hundred years of movies, homosexuality has only rarely been depicted on the screen... When it did appear, it was there as something to laugh at or something to pity or even something to fear. These were fleeting images, but they were unforgettable, and they left a lasting legacy. Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gay people...and gay people what to think about themselves. - The Celluloid Closet

This new collection from the BFI featuring four rarely seen classic shorts brought together on one disc is essential viewing for anyone interested in queer cinema.

  • Dream A40 (UK, Lloyd Reckord, 1965)
  • Two years before the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexuality, a young gay couple's relationship is put to the test as they make a journey during which they must refrain from public demonstrations of affection. Daring and poetic, Dream A40 was the second film by Jamaican actor-director Lloyd Reckord.

  • Vapors (US, Andy Milligan, 1965)
  • Independent US director Andy Milligan's first film offers a fascinating glimpse into the pre-Stonewall gay scene. Set in New York's St Mark's bathhouse, this bold and sensitive film chronicles an emotionally awkward encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.

  • Come Dancing (UK, Bill Douglas, 1970)
  • Celebrated filmmaker Bill Douglas' early student short follows two men who meet in a café on a Southend pier. Glances, body language and very brief snatches of lewd dialogue suggest a pick-up, but the atmosphere soon darkens and events take an unexpected twist.

  • Encounter (US Peter de Rome, 1971)
  • A number of young men wander through the streets of New York in a dream-like trance before finally coming together in a secret tactile ritual. Directed by legendary filmmaker Peter de Rome, this wordless erotic fantasy is presented here with a new score by Stephen Thrower.

  • Special Features
  • Lloyd Reckord in conversation at the BFI Southbank (2011): the director of Dream A40 discusses his controversial film
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Alex Davidson, Simon McCallum and JD Rhodes

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UK, US, / 1965-1971 / colour & black and white / English language / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 / Region 2 DVD

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 May 2012
This is the latest release from the British Film Institute in resurrecting gay films that were all but lost to history. This edition features four films which I will deal with in turn.

`Dream A 40' was the brainchild of Lloyd Reckford (there is an interview with him in the extras)and is from the late sixties, it is a short road movie that attempts to address the extreme homophobic attitude that was very much rampant at the time. He managed to get the Ford Motor Co. To lend him a Zephyr for the film and it is basically two men in the Zephyr; one of whom is living in fear that they are discovered, so that even holding hands in the car makes him anxious. Things go downhill after he starts speeding and it is almost a metaphor for running away from yourself. A note on the setting, I know the A 40 - the road from London to Oxford, and it was great to see how much has changed as I recognised some of the location shots.

`Vapors' is an American tale set in the St. Marks Bathhouse, where gay men went for a `steam bath' and pretty much anything went. This is an encounter between a gay man and a married repressed gay man who is grieving the loss of his son. It is very touching and seedy without trying to be. There are some stereotypes, but they most certainly would have been seen as ground breaking at the time if not have provoked calls to be banned.

`Come dancing' is a short little film about an encounter in Southend on Sea, one guy picks another up in a down at heels cafe and they go for a promenade on the pier, only things are not quite what they seem. This is from Bill Douglas who made some ground breaking films.

`Encounter' is the last one from art house indie and some have said amateur director Peter de Rome.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jane on 28 April 2015
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