Monday, June 18, 2007

Good flick: Boys of Boise scandal

There are lots of great movies at Frameline31, the San Francisco gay film festival rolling up to this weekend's pride-a-palooza. But there's one really close to home, since I lived in Boise in the early 1990s. (Really! It wasn't as bad as you'd think. Just, well, kinda bad.) It's The Fall of '55, about a sex scandal where teen-age boys hustled older guys in Idaho's capital city in the mid-50s. "Overnight,'' Frameline says, "Boise’s homosexual underworld -- comprised mostly of married family men -- was splashed onto headlines and thrust into the spotlight. Reputations were shattered and lives ruined as the rumors and accusations flew. What followed was a classic witch-hunt, marked by intense homophobic hysteria, in which the whole town became embroiled. Seth Randal’s gripping documentary provides unique insights into the pre-Stonewall gay experience as well as 1950s’ America’s struggle with the issue of homosexuality." When/where: Tuesday, 2:15 p.m., Castro Theatre. Run time: 82 minutes. [Postcard: CardCow]

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