Before Stonewall
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This documentary by Greta Schiller takes a look at the sometimes oblique American acknowledgment of homosexuals in the decades before a historical flashpoint in 1969. Late that year, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village was stormed by police and its patrons arrested -- resulting in two days of rioting. Allen Ginsberg and other celebrities talk about past police tactics, witch-hunts, censorship, and historical "cleansing" operations that violated human rights and civil liberties -- such as routing gays and lesbians out of the State Department. A certain openness about… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Fascinating history of 20th Century Gay America"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"This is a documentary that can tell the sometimes bitter truth and still conclude with an unambiguously heartening flourish."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Before Stonewall stands as a competent documentary, straight-forward without any great cinematic techniques that stand out"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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