Race D'Ep (1980)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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In this sometimes amusing, verbose, and specialized drama, a series of four episodes recounts attitudes toward (and of) gays during the 20th century, with a focus on Germany. The first segment tells the tale of a photographer at the beginning of the century whose passion for photographing young boys in Roman garb disguised passions of another sort. In the next sequence, the rising Nazi menace deals with the office of a homosexual solidarity movement in typically brutal fashion. The third story limns a growing laissez-faire as postcards from an American tourist provide a travelog of gay adventures on two continents. In the last segment -- that of the contemporary world -- a gay encounter is exaggerated beyond belief for the entertainment of friends sitting around in a cafe.