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  • Summary: Documentary producer/director Joseph Lovett focuses his lens on the unbridled sexual passion and exploration that marked the twelve years from Stonewall (1969) to the first reported cases of AIDS (1981). (Lovett Productions)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The director, Joseph Lovett, wants us to ask if there's such a thing as too much freedom, and he has the sobriety to say yes -- and no.
  2. 80
    An engrossing piece of social history, a lively, astonishingly well-documented excavation of that period.
  3. 75
    Yet despite the retrospective sensationalism, Lovett's 70-minute documentary is a sobering anti-erotic cautionary tale.
  4. Within that narrow framework, the film is quite successful, using archival photographs, clips from pornographic films and television commercials, and interviews to evoke the period between June 1969, when the Stonewall riots brought homosexuality out of the shadows, to June 1981, when the AIDS epidemic began.
  5. 67
    It's often a vivid film and paints its small niche well, but only in the final passages, when AIDS changes everything, does it feel full-blooded.
  6. Lovett's history is heavy on hedonism, but he does deliver a succinct perspective on this celebratory era - between the sad bookends of repression and loss.
  7. 40
    A documentary with a decidedly prurient slant, Gay Sex in the 70s isn't for everyone – it's definitely aimed toward the older gay crowd who somehow lived through the experience and the younger one who might wistfully wish that it had.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Dec 1, 2010
    8
    This movie was really gay but I wouldn't call it too gay if there is such a thing. I was going to go on a beer run with friends last weekend but I was having a really gay day and I decided to stay home and watch this. I agree with the other comments about it being a bit too New York based but I enjoyed it anyways. I was riding so high after this movie I hit on a guy at the hockey game on Sunday and ended up with a black eye. Never the less, I give this movie two thumbs up! Expand

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