I Was a Jewish Sex Worker (1996)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |  
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This is an autobiographical documentary by director Philip S. Roth, who is no kin whatever to the well-known author Philip Roth (Portnoy's Complaint, Goodbye Columbus). This lack of actual kinship does not prevent the filmmaker from enjoying the confusion of identities. Roth chronicles both his coming out as a gay man to his parents and his only actual affair to date, which was with the German lesbian filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim. Using footage from family films, he muses on the childhood experiences that could have led him to have sought for several years to earn his living as a male "escort," selling his sexual services (generally to men) through advertisements in the Village Voice. He has also filmed his interviews with his bemused (and occasionally hostile) parents on this and other related topics.



homosexual, lesbianism, prostitute/prostitution, sex