LA Plays Itself

LA Plays Itself ★★★★★

The Kenneth Anger to Wakefield Poole’s Warhol; the Altamont to his Woodstock, literally bulldozing over the idyllic pastoral sex of Poole’s BOYS IN THE SAND in favor of something darker, rougher, and altogether more real. Fred Halsted’s debut feature is a landmark of early gay film, setting the experimental streak that runs through the works of Roger Earl, Joe Gage, Michael Zen, and so many others. In year where yet another tepid gay drama is being lauded by critics, this is a reminder that we can and should have so much more.

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