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Produced in 1971
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film, American film
In a hundred years of movies, homosexuality has only rarely been depicted on the screen. When it did appear, there as something to laugh at - or something to pity - or even something to fear. These were fleeting images, but they were unforgettable, and they left a lasting legacy. The Celluloid Closet
This new collection from the BFI, featuring a number of rarely-seen gay classic shorts is essential viewing for anyone interested in experimental and queer cinema. Contains films from directors including Andy Milligan, Peter de Rome and Lloyd Reckord.
Dream A40 (UK, Lloyd Reckord, 1965): Two years before the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexuality, a young gay couple's relationship is put to the test as they make a journey during which they must refrain from public demonstrations of affection. Daring and poetic, Dream A40 was the second film by Jamaican actor-director Lloyd Reckord.
Vapors (US, Andy Milligan, 1965): Independent American director Andy Milligan's first film offers a fascinating glimpse into the pre-Stonewall gay scene. Set in New York's St Mark's bathhouse, this bold and sensitive film chronicles an emotionally charged encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.
Come Dancing (UK, Bill Douglas, 1970): Celebrated filmmaker Bill Douglas's early student short follows two men who meet in a café on a Southend pier. Glances, body language and very brief snatches of lewd dialogue suggest a pick-up, but the atmosphere soon darkens and events take an unexpected twist.
Encounter (US Peter de Rome, 1971): A number of young men wander through the streets of New York in a dream-like trance before finally coming together in a secret tactile ritual. Directed by legendary filmmaker Peter de Rome, this wordless erotic fantasy is presented here with a new score by Stephen Thrower (Cyclobe).
Length: 80 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 26th March 2012
Cat No: BFIVD938
Subtitles: English HoH
- Lloyd Reckord in conversation at the BFI Southbank (2011): the director of Dream A40 discusses his controversial film
- 24-page illustrated booklet with essays and credits for each film.