Free Gay Movie: It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives (Rosa von Praunheim, 1971) Germany

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It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives (GermanNicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt) is a 1971 German avant-garde film directed by Rosa von Praunheim. The film was an emancipatory call for homosexuals to organize and fight for their freedom. It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse … triggered the modern lesbian and gay movement in Germany and Switzerland and also found great resonance internationally. The film became a media scandal because conservative homosexuals and heterosexuals alike rejected the demands for equality in all areas of life and the call for public solidarity.[1] The film premiered at the 1971 Berlin International Film Festival. The US premiere took place in 1972 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the British premiere in the same year at the National Film Theatre in London.[2]

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A harsh but deeply sympathetic sociological essay film about gay life in Berlin in a time of secrecy and oppression, with no diegetic sound and constant narration, following Daniel’s unsatisfying immersion into gay society.

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Rosa von Praunheim takes the language of the scare film — the shoddy melodrama and stern voiceover — and uses it to both chastise the gay community for its bourgeois aspirations and to call it to political action. I’ve seen this being dismissed as dated camp, but it still feels vital — a queer reclamation of an artform that was once used to justify the slaughter of Jews and gays, and a wake-up call for those who would rather be complacent with begrudging acceptance than having actual rights. Despite the (expected) dated views on trans people, it’s sad just how much of this remains relevant nearly 50 years later.

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