Possibly the greatest LGBT movie ever made.

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    Jun 27, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    I discovered this treasure in January and I have held it close to my heart ever since.

    It was at the tail end of the pioneering 70s of Harvey Milk and the sexual revolution and just before the grim defeat of the AIDS crisis that threw us back a generation.

    Making Love, 1982, tells a wonderfully realistic story of a young Doctor, Michael Ontkean and his wife, Kate Jackson who purchase a home in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Michael's character is a closeted homosexual and embarks on an affair with a writer, played by a gorgeously young Harry Hamlin.

    The story is told almost documentarily, with the character's breaking the fourth wall delivering monologues of their situation and their feelings about the lives they are having challenged.

    It is certainly a period piece, with a bittersweet ending that is hopeful yet resigned...

    I hope you have have seen it or watch it online now, it really moved me.

    It touches on almost every aspect I myself have questioned, even going into the emotional problem's many gay men have that cast them unable and unwilling to having proper romantic relationships with other men.

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    Jun 27, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    I remember seeing that years ago and it was wonderful.
    Thanks for reminding me about it.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    Another great American LGBT film that I have seen is Mala Noche by Gus Van Sant. It was made in 1985 in black n white picture. Very well narrated. The story feels more like a poetry.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:43 PM GMT
    yup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    I remember the stars gently promoting it on talk shows before it premiered. It was very controversial. Remember, this was a theatrical film starring very familiar faces almost five years before coming out and AIDS movies began flooding the airwaves, when even the thought of a closeted gay man functioning as straight with his wife was practically unheard of. I thought Kate Jackson's character's reaction - first denial, then anger - to her movie husband's confession was Oscar-worthy; that scene, plus a scene from another film, "Doing Time on Maple Drive" where a sympathetic gay son explosively comes out to his ice queen mother, are possibly my favorite dramatic scenes in gay film ever. Kate Jackson as the wife who eventually comes to terms and even Harry Hamlin as the gay homewrecker who the husband sought out for sex and eventually left behind were far more sympathetic than the tortured, closeted husband.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidyup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.


    Am I right in the assumption that it is probably the greatest LGBT movie ever made?

    I honestly can't think of anything better.

    Brokeback mountain was very conservatively told, the actors barely said anything educational, it seemed like it was just made to finally break LGBT acceptance into the global mainstream.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    IrishDarren said
    AMoonHawk saidyup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.


    Am I right in the assumption that it is probably the greatest LGBT movie ever made?

    I honestly can't think of anything better.

    Brokeback mountain was very conservatively told, the actors barely said anything educational, it seemed like it was just made to finally break LGBT acceptance into the global mainstream.


    But Brokeback mountain did a lot too.
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    Trick is my alltime fav
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    Mavourneen29 said
    ricky1987 said
    IrishDarren said
    AMoonHawk saidyup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.


    Am I right in the assumption that it is probably the greatest LGBT movie ever made?

    I honestly can't think of anything better.

    Brokeback mountain was very conservatively told, the actors barely said anything educational, it seemed like it was just made to finally break LGBT acceptance into the global mainstream.


    But Brokeback mountain did a lot too.

    Brokeback Mountain was a good movie. The two protagonists sorrowfully held love in their hearts and their pain was palpable. Still, the movie was a little bit too commercially inclined. Nonetheless, I loved the movie.


    You will love Making love the more, it makes Brokeback Mountain look like Another gay movie.
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    IrishDarren said
    AMoonHawk saidyup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.


    Am I right in the assumption that it is probably the greatest LGBT movie ever made?

    I honestly can't think of anything better.

    Brokeback mountain was very conservatively told, the actors barely said anything educational, it seemed like it was just made to finally break LGBT acceptance into the global mainstream.

    For a drama, yes it is very good.
    As for Best LGBT movie ever? ... that's a stretch, there are many that are good.
    Another one that is way up there is "Prayers For Bobby".

    Perhaps you can relate in someway to the movie that speaks to you. Sometimes it depends on the time of life you are in. I saw Brokeback Mountain like about 6 times before the spell was finally broken.
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    IrishDarren said
    AMoonHawk saidyup! I remember seeing it what now feels like a century ago. It stirred up many feelings both good and bad.


    Am I right in the assumption that it is probably the greatest LGBT movie ever made?

    I honestly can't think of anything better.

    Brokeback mountain was very conservatively told, the actors barely said anything educational, it seemed like it was just made to finally break LGBT acceptance into the global mainstream.

    For a drama, yes it is very good.
    As for Best LGBT movie ever? ... that's a stretch, there are many that are good.
    Another one that is way up there is "Prayers For Bobby".

    Perhaps you can relate in someway to the movie that speaks to you. Sometimes it depends on the time of life you are in. I saw Brokeback Mountain like about 6 times before the spell was finally broken.


    I didn't like Bobby's adam's apple.....
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:58 AM GMT

    Worth watching.