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48 Ratings

Before Stonewall

United States, 1984
Documentary, History


New York City’s Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film.

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Before Stonewall Directed by Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg

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    "From the time of Stonehenge to Stonewall, this has been the struggle," says one of the film's subjects, a former merchant marine. A prismatic exhibition of photos, film, and individual interviews that evidence an unwavering gay subculture, from the roaring '20s and conditional tolerance of WWII to the wiles of the McCarthy era and the impact of the civil rights and women's movements late '60s onwards.

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