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Pride Divide (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: D     Film: B-



It is amazing what you can learn form a documentary, especially if it is good.  Though gays and lesbians have a common reason to team up for gay civil rights, their communities are very different than an outsider would think.  Paris Poirier’s Pride Divide (1997) tells of how lesbian women retreat into trying to deal with inner feelings, while gay men who come out want to become hyperactive for the most part.  It is not so much a stereotype, but that these are the directions the communities developed from the 1940s until the arrival of AIDS.


Much of the polarization remains and is part of a growing of each separate camp as they face some of the biggest challenges yet.  The first half of the too-short 57 minutes deals with the differences, and then the second half gets to anti-homosexual movements, including actual acts of terrorism and the rise of the Religious Right.  Things have sadly become worse since the release of this program, but it was definitely on the correct course dealing with its subject matter and it makes it a key documentary work on the subject.


The 1.33 X 1 image originated on professional NTSC analog tape and looks pretty good for its age, including stills and stock film footage.  The interview subjects are always offering interesting opinions and insight, even when you don’t agree.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is on the weak side, sounding monophonic for the most part.  There are no extras, but Pride Divide is a key work about debates on several fronts that have only grown stronger.  Wonder if we’ll see a sequel?



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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