Saturday, February 16, 2013

Film Explores NYC Gay Bathhouse

This looks like an amazing new documentary about the gay scene in NYC just prior to the Stonewall Riots until the Continental bathhouse was closed as a causality of AIDS.  Malcolm Ingram's riveting new documentary CONTINENTAL takes viewers back in time to the sexually charged New York of 1968 when the notorious Continental Baths opened its doors. This groundbreaking den of debauchery that was advertised as a place “for sophisticated men only” came to transcend sexual identity & became a cultural beacon to the hip, beautiful & infamous. Not only host to newly-empowered gay men of all shapes & sizes eager to take full advantage of their sexual freedoms at a lavish venue, the Continental brought both high & low culture to the bathhouse's stage week after week, becoming instrumental in the careers of ‘60s & ‘70s icons like Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle & Peter Allen just to name a few. With the help of its owner & proprietor, the enigmatic Steve Ostrow along with his former staff, historians & artists who were there, CONTINENTAL tells the tale of one of the most important keystones in the sexual revolution, one that fostered an environment of tolerance & contributed to a level of mainstream gay acceptance & uncensored sexuality the likes of which have never been seen since. CONTINENTAL premieres at SXSW on Sunday March 10th.  
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