Featuring: Allen Ginsberg, Martin Duberman, Ann Bannon
Director: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
From Gay Essential
The Stonewall riots are indisputably a pivotal moment in the timeline of LGBT rights. Before Stonewall, a 1984 documentary directed by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, captures the state of the LGBT community prior to the riots, as well as giving viewers a historical background to the contemporary nature of American homosexuality.
“Released in 1985, it helped put a halt on the notion that homosexuality was a product of societal moral decay, a tactical assertion gay rights opponents would sometimes try to insinuate based on a supposed lack of overwhelming historical evidence to the contrary.”
— Slant Magazine
“Through the memories of those who lived through the era, the film paints a vivid picture of tentative gay life.”
— Fourth Row Center
“It was a time when gay cinema was unheard of, gay rights non-existent and consensual sex between two men not only illegal in the eyes of the law, but open to blackmail.”
— Gay Celluloid
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 22 Jun. 2009
- Run Time: 87 minutes
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