Kiss, Cuddle and Celebrate (1998)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Former Fassbinder actor Peter Kern directed this German documentary about life in a dimly lit gay bar where aging homosexuals hang out. Obsessed with sex, they connect with young male prostitutes at the bar, watch adult videos, and reminisce about past sexual conquests. Interviewing the men in their homes, Kern also follows several on a vacation in Venice, where prejudice surfaces when tour guides will not do business with the group. Later, they take a teen prostitute to their hotel room. Highlighting the outcast nature of their lives is a potent recollection of risks taken during the Third Reich when discovery of homosexuals led to concentration camps or executions. Shown at Outfest '98 (Los Angeles).