"From the very beginning, Rosa von Praunheim had directed his film primarily at homosexuals in West Germany, whom he accused of an indolent, conservative attitude.
"From the very beginning, Rosa von Praunheim had directed his film primarily at homosexuals in West Germany, whom he accused of having an indolent, conservative attitude. In a Sponti manner, he called on them to break with bourgeois conventions. As an example, he told the fictional story of Daniel (Bernd Feuerhelm), who goes through a panopticon of gay life in West Berlin: from the petty-bourgeois coffee table relationship with Clemens (Berryt Bohlen) to 'leather guys' in the park or 'pissing booth gays' in men's toilets. Only a left-wing gay commune opens his eyes: 'Become proud of your homosexuality! Out of the toilets, into the streets! Freedom for the gays!' are their slogans."
Stefan Volk, Spiegel, 01.07.2011
"The film's critique, articulated from a deliberately 'diffuse artist's attitude' (Praunheim), mixing elements of feature and documentary, pamphlet and appeal, and thus queering classic film narratives, was directed primarily at its own scene, which Praunheim accused of self-inflicted invisibility. The modern German gay movement developed out of the discussions about the visibility created by the film. A rare example of a film with direct sociopolitical impact."
"A militantly Marxist call for an end to gay oppression."
Vincent Canbys, New York Times
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67 min. color. DCP. D Director: Rosa von Praunheim Screenplay: Rosa von Praunheim Cinematography: Robert Van Ackeren Editing: Jean-Claude Piroué With: Bernd Feuerhelm, Beryt Bohlen, Ernst Kuchling
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