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Before Stonewall (1985)

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This film is newly restored and is getting some retro screenings. 
My review.


The interview subjects will speak of fear, but time seems to have softened those memories for some, and the painful parts of the experience are more often represented as emotional rather than political or physical. I suspect part of the reason for that is push back — even in 1985 — to the notion that Stonewall created gay consciousness ex nihilo. Perhaps there is a concentrated effort on Schiller’s part to find and interview well-adjusted survivors who need to remind themselves and others that they did something, even if they never fought the police outside a gay bar.


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