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After Stonewall (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B-



Before Stonewall (1985) is a tough act to follow, in how thoroughly it showed the reason the riots that launched Gay Rights were necessary and inevitable.  John Scagliotti is the main director, with Janet Baus and Dan Hunt are credited in some spots as co-directors, of the 1999 sequel After Stonewall.  It is not as powerful or groundbreaking as its predecessor, but still as informative and has some highlights.


The tone continues to be on the serious side and traces the uglier developments as the gay backlash develops in the late 1970s.  Sometimes, it cuts away too soon, such as the moment Anita Bryant gets hit in the face with a pie when getting into another round of gay bashing on her part.  Though significant to note, the program skips that she was part of a major orange juice campaign, helped to give the world Kathy Lee Gifford (as horrifying an offense) and that Bryant says that at least it was a “fruit pie” after the assault.  This loses some of the edge of the text as a result, though Melissa Etheridge does a good job in her narration.  It also shows the rise of the Religious Right, though does not go far enough to deal with them.  At about 90 minutes, this program was first made for TV, but received theatrical screenings.  It is worth your time, but we recommend the first film, reviewed elsewhere on this site.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is a mix of color and monochrome footage from the past and new footage in the majority of new interviews and footage shot in the analog NTSC video format.  This is above average, as is Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that may lack surrounds, but is clean and clear enough to hear the huge amount of vital interview information throughout.  Extras include trailers to other gay titles from First Run on DVD and at least a half-hour of extra interview footage not in the main program that makes more valuable points.  Though still not up to its predecessor, After Stonewall is worth a look.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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