Gay Sex in the 70s
Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

In 1969, the Stonewall riots in New York City sounded the opening bell of the Gay Pride movement in America, and for many gay men it offered an opportunity to come out of the closet and live their lives in the open for the first time. As… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

... lacks the authority of such gay documentary classics as "Word Is Out" and "Before Stonewall," which were far more inclusive.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Despite the retrospective sensationalism, Lovett's 70-minute documentary is a sobering anti-erotic cautionary tale.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

... Lovett's tribute to a bygone era feels like it might resonate deeper if context and character overpowered story upon story of sexual excess.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The pure filmmaking lets the people tell their stories with honesty and insight.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The faces of that movement are what sell this story -- with enthusiasm, not regret.

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Dana Stevens
New York Times

Lovett's nostalgic paean to the erotic utopia of his youth.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This is an immersive documentary, evoking the period, and arguing the case that although the unbridled hedonism did bring dangers and problems with it, there was also something of a idyllic euphoria experienced by those in this first wave of gay freedom.

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_kelly .King
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… More
Keysha H
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.… More