Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 8, 2019

Gay Liberation, Gay Cinema

Filed under: Counterpunch,Film,Gay — louisproyect @ 3:36 pm

COUNTERPUNCH, JUNE 7, 2019

Recently I watched four documentaries that are crucial reminders of the historic role of the gay liberation movement that is being celebrated this month both through Gay Pride demonstrations as well as events commemorating the Stonewall rebellion that took place in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969.

Opening on June 21 at the Quad Cinema in New York and at the Laemmle in Los Angeles a week later is “Before Stonewall”, a restored version of Greta Schiller’s classic 1984 film produced by John Scagliotti that I saw when it first came out. It is being distributed by First Run Features that is also making Scagliotti’s prequel 2017 “Before Homosexuals” available as VOD on June 11 (iTunes, Amazon, et al). Since I decided to take in all of the Stonewall documentaries with Scagliotti’s imprint as part of this survey, I also watched his 1999 “After Stonewall” on Amazon (also available on iTunes). As a trilogy, the films are not only key to understanding the movement in its totality but stirring drama with memorable heroes and heroines.

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1 Comment »

  1. Maybe the SWP’s “gay probe” into the gay liberation movement was the first instance of its “entryism”. Funny resonance there, eh?

    Comment by uh...clem — June 8, 2019 @ 4:52 pm


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