Back in gay prehistoric times (before most of my blog followers were born) there was a seminal (no pun intended) movie about gay men. It was called "Boys in the Band." I remember clearly when and where Bill and I saw it. It was at the Goldman theater on Chestnut Street in center city Philadelphia, right across from the bank (Girard Bank) where I worked.
We had heard about this first ever gay (called "homosexual") movie in the bars. We couldn't believe there was actually a movie about real gay men and how we actually lived. Just couldn't believe it. Oh I know it is hard for a lot of you "youngsters" to believe that we of an earlier gay generation were so excited by this first ever main stream movie about gay men.
Bill and I were so nervous about seeing this movie, that we saw it in the day time. We sat near the exit doors in case their was a
So it was with some trepidation that Bill and I went to see this HOMOSEXUAL movie. Note, there isn't one female character in it (excluding "Cliff"). You get the feeling from the movie that it was just a film of the original off Broadway play, which it was. However, it still works.
|Me, my friend Ron and Phil back In The Day - 1965|
Our very own Boys In The Band
Both Ron and Phil are gone now - I survived
The movie's language and clothing is somewhat dated (tight pants on the ass for the guys and the "Mary's" and "she's" when referring to gay friends) but otherwise the premise holds up true. Sure, it's about gay self hatred and bitchiness but the Slice of Life, Gay Life, still comes through strong and true.
Harold's entrance has to be one of the best entrances in movies since Liz Taylor's Cleopatra's entrance into Rome. No one has ever topped Harold.
The sad news from this movie is that all of the actors have since died from AIDS. Everyone except the one straight actor, Laurence Luckinbill who in real life is also straight and married to Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of "I Love Lucy" Lucille Ball.
This is one movie I can watch again an again. I have lived it.