"IT'S NOT OVER! 'Cruising' will be filmed tonight at 14th and 9th Ave., just below our NYC MCC! DEMONSTRATE 7:30 p.m., Sheridan Sq."
Original Flyer Announcing a Protest Against the Film CRUISING
CRUISING was primarily adapted from a novel of the same name by New York Times reporter Gerald Walker; but it was also loosely inspired by a series of articles by Village Voice journalist Arthur Bell about a real string of gay murders. The film, adapted and directed by William Friedkin, starred Al Pacino as an undercover cop trying to catch a serial killer who targeted gay men. And though Bell's journalism helped inspire the movie, it was Bell who — after reading an early script and decrying what he saw as the film's stereotypical and biased portrayal of NYC gay life — called for a boycott. (Bell would claim at the time "What the Declaration of Independence was to Jefferson, that column was to the gay community.") A series of protests ensued during the filming of the movie in New York City, protests which culminated in the event announced here: a July 26th 1979 event that attracted more than a thousand. The Responsive Gay Collective (the sponsor), formed specifically to protest the filming of CRUISING, was so successful at disrupting production that much of the finished film's sound had to be overdubbed. Almost universally panned when released, the film more recently has been embraced as a cult film by a younger generation of gay men for its sexual frankness and as an albeit imperfect time capsule of pre-AIDS NYC. A rare and ephemeral document from a galvanizing event in the history of the gay rights movement.
New York: Responsive Gay Collective [and] The Marshals, . 11'' x 8.5''. Original xerographically duplicated broadside. Printed recto only. Toned, folded in eighths, some soil, with old tape remnants (almost certainly from posting). Overall, sound.
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