It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives 1971

It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives 1971

It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives 1971
Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (original title)
1h 7min | Documentary, Drama | 24 November 1977 (USA)

Storyline:

Daniel, a young man from the provinces come to the city and moves from one gay subculture to the next. His adventures begin on the streets of Berlin, where the shy brunette Daniel meets the blonde Clemens, who invites him home for coffee and offers him a place to stay. Soon Daniel is living with Clemens and believes he has found the love of his life. The two try to imitate a bourgeois marriage and its lifestyle. But after four months of tedium, Daniel is cruised by a rich older man who entices him to move into his villa, where he encounters a group of older gays, pretentious in their appreciations of fine art and classical music, who fawn over him.

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A Story of Children and Film 2013

A Story of Children and Film 2013

A Story of Children and Film 2013
1h 46min | Documentary | 4 April 2014 (UK)

Storyline:

A Story of Children and Film is the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. It’s passionate, poetic, portrait of the adventure of childhood: its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness: as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. A story of children and film is an eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.

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38,5 (2010)

38,5 (2010)

38,5 (2010)
10min | Documentary, Short | 28 April 2010 (Germany)

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Mariusz is a 15-year-old Polish boy who is training as a competitive boxer. The title refers to his weight (38,5 kilos), which must be increased by 4 kilos to move up a weight class. We see him in class, getting a detailed physical exam, training with other youth, at home and wandering alone. While this is listed as a brief documentary, the editorial comment of the cinematography and its editing present the picture of an adolescent boy who has a pretty miserable life. He is berated by his coach for “moving in slow motion”. His friends seem hardly to know he is there. His mother complains at every step and only wants him to have a girlfriend so that there is someone to do his homework. If there is to be a good ending to his constrained life, in isn’t visible in this 10-minute slice.

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Beefcake 1998

Beefcake 1998

Beefcake 1998
1h 31min | Drama | 14 October 1999 (Singapore)

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This film looks at the 1950’s muscle men’s magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being purchased by the still underground homosexual community. Chief among the purveyors of this literature was Bob Mizer, who maintained a magazine and developed sexually inexplicit men’s films for over 40 years. Aided by his mother, the two maintained a stable of not so innocent studs. At the end, the film moves into a court room drama as Mizer is tried for running a male-prostitute ring in the early 60’s. Clips of Mizer’s actual films starring individuals, such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, are included.

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Sex O’Clock U.S.A. 1976

Sex O'Clock U.S.A. 1976

Sex O’Clock U.S.A. 1976
Documentary | 22 July 1976 (France)

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The director films common people in sexual related situations, in a variety of true, gripping, funny, dramatic, disturbing, imaginative ways – in the country than facing a big moral change in their view of adult, public and sexual life.

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Chris & Don. A Love Story 2007

Chris & Don. A Love Story 2007

Chris & Don. A Love Story 2007
Not Rated | 1h 30min | Documentary, Biography, Romance | 13 June 2008 (USA)

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Depicts the remarkable life of artist Don Bachardy and his relationship with the distinguished writer Christopher Isherwood. Includes footage shot by Chris and Don in the 1950s and interviews with Leslie Caron, John Boorman, Liza Minnelli, and others. Isherwood and Bachardy were open about their life together, regardless of the waves it caused. This was during a period when gay relationships were not acceptable. The age difference in their relationship brought obvious personal problems that had to be addressed. Don often felt disregarded by Chris’s famous friends and frequently was. Nevertheless, Bachardy pursued his art career with great energy, painting and drawing every day. Finding a vocation gave Don a sense of fulfillment and independence. He began to realize that he could function independently, which made him question whether he wanted to stay with Isherwood. Don toyed with leaving the relationship and striking out on his own, however he decided not to as he realized his love for Chris was too important. During the 1970s, Chris and Don began to collaborate on various writing projects, such as “Frankenstein: The True Story”, an unusual take on Mary Shelley’s famous novel. In 1981, Isherwood was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Bachardy nursed him throughout the course of the disease and for the last six months of Chris’ life, Don gave up painting any one else but him. What began as way to spend more time together, quickly became the project of a lifetime, a project Chris and Don did together until the very end. After Isherwood’s death, Bachardy’s career has continued to flourish. A number of books about Bachardy’s art have been published, the latest, Stars in My Eyes. Bachardy’s work resides in many permanent collections around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Smithsonian Institute, and The Norton Simon Museum.

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