Party and Play (Film Thoughts: Goodbye Seventies)

Todd Verow’s ‘Goodbye Seventies’ has a story that has been told numerous times already. It’s about a bunch of men in the 70s who start to make gay porn, and become successful at it, and then have heartbreaking ending, as the new decade ushers in AIDS. But Todd Verow is a different kind of filmmaker. Under his hands, his film becomes a celebration of a certain kind of smut film, so specific to the era. The movie is filmed like one of those films, complete with grainy film, stilted dialogue, awkward pauses. You will be transfixed watching this as if it is trying to hypnotize you. I admit not ‘getting’ it t first but once you get its wave length, you will understand (and appreciate) what exactly Verow is doing.

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