It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives

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It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives


"It bears repeating that Rosa Von Paunheim cares about the gay movement. His film is disturbing, yet brilliant." -George Foster, Gay Community News Boston

It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives
Rosa von Praunheim
West Germany
67 minutes

More or less a political manifesto, Gay rights activist and prolific filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim's IT IS NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE BUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVES captures in docudrama gay Berliners in the early 70s. It follows the young naif Daniel as he discovers the city's queer underground and the life of cruising, only to eventually be drawn into a group of revolutionary gay men who demand discourse and action. Praunheim's film examines, criticizes, and provokes in a striking and frank manner. A monumental classic of queer German New Cinema!

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