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As Dr Kildare, Richard Chamberlain wrote television history. Who wouldn’t like to have been manhandled by this young cleanshaven physician with his wholesome all-American virile charm. Later The Thorn Birds and Shogun helped to reinforce Chamberlain’s fame and appeal, bringing him world fame. Chamberlain rarely graced the front pages of the tabloids, though the rumours of his life in the closet have been going around for years. Recently Chamberlain decided it was high time he came out and in his memoirs, Shattered Love, he finally does so.

Dec 2003       
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Phileine, a nasty bitch screws up her own movie

Months before its official release, already the Dutch press was fed lots of juicy inside stories about the latest movie of Robert Jan Westdijk, Phileine zegt sorry, based on Ronald Giphart’s best seller. This slick much-ado-about-nothing might well become the smash cinema hit all this prior media hype has been trying to turn it into. Nevertheless, Kim van Kooten and Michiel Huisman both do shine in this superficial screwball comedy full of sharp dialogue; great fun when your IQ level equals ‛they left the light on, but nobody’s in’.

Dec 2003       
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In memories of days gone by Geneva, at the gorgeous Lac Léman (or, as we foreigners call it, the Lake of Geneva), lingers on as an impressive city, very wealthy, smart, but also a bit too tidy. A world-class city due also to the international organisations which of old have favoured the neutral politic status of the Swiss nation. But also a city that never managed to show similar grandeur in its nightlife. Too much capital has put the breaks on developing a bustling nightlife, it seems. But everything changes, even Geneva.

Nov 2003       
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Switching genres with a twist

The career of French filmmaker François Ozon seems to be really taking off. Not long ago Ozon made his debut with the entertaining, but still shaky Sitcom. Now with each film he's growing in style and craftsmanship. Les amants criminels, Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes, Sous Le Sable, 8 Femmes; all fascinating, all out of the ordinary, provocative and above all surprising.

Nov 2003       
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Surprisingly fun In-Laws

The international press prepared Andrew Fleming’s The In-Laws a lukewarm welcome, but naturally you’re entitled to your own quite different opinion. The film might not add significantly to comic film history, but does offer more than enough laughs.

The plot only serves to bring all kinds of slapstick, funny types and screwball situations to the screen, good for laugh upon laugh. So what about the plot? Undercover cop Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas) is also a family man, but likes to keep both worlds strictly apart and fails of course to do so.

Oct 2003       
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Some years back the city of Amsterdam was divided into several quarters, each with its own council. Blessing or curse, the debate on this decentralization of political power still flares up now and then.

Since in the opinion of certain business enterpreneurs the status of Amsterdam as "Gay Capital of Europe" has been thoroughly undermined by the mania for organization of the above mentioned City Center Council, Gay News thought it was high time to grill its president Anne Lize van der Stoel.

Sep 2003       
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Many a song of praise has been raised for that unique charming quarter in Amsterdam, the Jordaan. And also many a book has been writ celebrating the close bonds of friendship and family in what originally once was a working-class district. That the heart of the Jordanese, with his pink net curtains and table lamps with tacky trimmings, has always been in the right place is a well-known fact. Over the last decades the Jordaan has changed into a trendy quarter of international appeal. Rumour has it that Brad Pitt and girlfriend Jennifer Aniston have bought themselves a pied-à-terre here and also Madonna has her eye on one. Such developments often mean death to former solidarity, but not so in the Jordaan.

Sep 2003       
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From July 27 (so also during Amsterdam Gay Pride), Peter Colstee’s new paintings under the title ‘Walls & Waters’ are on exhibit in Gallery Faubourg. This Amsterdam gallery begins to manifest itself more and more as a veritable treasure house of male art. Two years ago this gallery annex antique store at the Overtoom #426 opened its doors.

Sep 2003       
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Piedras, a classic-to-be

During the festival of contemporary Spanish cinema, this year for the first time in Amsterdam, Piedras by Ramón Salazar was on the program only a few times. Fortunately this spell-binding film can now be seen again. With this film director Salazar (1973) was a nominee for the Goya (Spanish Oscar) and the Berlin Festival Golden Bear. His directing debut is indeed remarkable, if only for the fact that the five interwining story lines all center around the footwear of five women. These five women, all in their own way struggling with their life, are introduced to the viewer by way of their shoes.

Sep 2003       
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A family of their own choice
With Touch of Fever and Like Grains of Sand director Ryosuke Hashiguchi broke down the taboo on homosexuality in Japanese cinema for good. Also in Hush!, his latest film, homosexuality plays an important role. In the beginning, while the director is still busy introducing his main characters, it isn’t clear where he wants the story to go to. A boy wakes up in what’s clearly not his own home. He has spent the night with another boy. Without exchanging phone numbers he takes to his heels. So maybe the movie is about the hunt for (casual) gay sex? But Hashiguchi has another agenda. Next sort of by the way he introduces Naoya (Kazuya Takahashi), an egocentric young ‘fairy’ working in a dog parlour.

Aug 2003       
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Since the earliest days of filmmaking male nudity on screen has been a topic of great interest as well as heated debate. Early XXth century mainstream opinion had it that male nudity was devoid of all eroticism.

Jul 2003       
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Annual July Dance
The Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, Theater Bellevue, Paradiso, Melkweg and the open stage in the Vondelpark all fall under the spell of July Dance this year. On July 6 and 7, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez kicks off in the Stadsschouwburg with Blush, and energetic production combining dance, theatre, film and music with live accompaniment of a band of sixteen.

Jul 2003       
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Spiritual life in a glass house

For Ricky Martin, sexuality is to be kept strictly behind closed doors. And indeed, why should it be anybody’s business, besides yours and your sex partner’s, what you’re doing in your bedroom (living room, dungeon, outdoors à la George Michael, etc). But as long as nobody has caught Ricky without his undies engaged in some hot sexplay in a public place of some sort, we’ll probably never know where his fancy reaches out to: gay, straight, a mix of both, or, who knows, the dog nextdoor.

Jul 2003       
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Gay romance from France

Recently, to get Le Roi Danse released in Dutch cinemas, ArtiFilm was founded. Which goes to show Holland has its own share of impassioned film lovers willing to give a film a chance when other distribution companies aren’t interested. In June the French movie Presque Rien by director Sébastien Lifshitz will be released, a gay movie released in 2001 which finally will also be playing Dutch cinemas thanks to the efforts of Hans and Piet of ArtiFilm.

Jul 2003       
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In contemporary society everything is about marketing and large scale enterprise. Success equals money and media coverage. Superficial monster productions bring crowds screaming to their feet. And each and everyone is trying to scrounge those 15 minutes of fame. Who doesn’t adhere to these superficial priciples isn’t taken serious. In the arts it’s all about visiblity at whatever cost. Visibility in the eyes of the popular media or the heavily funded incrowd. But he who follows the siren’s song of his own heart, far away from the maddening crowd and its hysteria, faces hard times ahead. So our roving Gay News reporter, always in search of the odd man out, decided it was high time to pay a visit to Adriaan van der Harst in his studio in Scheveningen.

Jun 2003       
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Far from Heaven

Splendid melodrama tribute On May 12, in the Gay Preview in Cinecenter, Amsterdam Far From Heaven by director Todd Hayes will be playing. Nominated for several Oscars, the movie unfortunately didn’t win any. In a dazzling tribute to melodrama filmmaker Douglas Sirk (amongst others All That Heaven Allows, 1955), Hayes tells the story of housewife Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore), who sees her bourgeois life collapsing all around her.

Jun 2003       
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Madame Sata
Irritating, depressing, but good

For his first movie Madame Sata the Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz took a streetfighter and criminal who turned into a cult figure as the protagonist. Sometime in the thirties Joâo Francisco dos Santos (played by actor/dancer Lázaro Ramos) is living in the bohemian quarter Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, where life is ruled by pimps, whores, queens, artists, fighters and brothels. By day Joâo’s a cook, at night he hops the bars. A complicated bisexual ménage-à-trois with Laurita (plus child) and the ultra-feminine Tabou may demand all his attention, he still finds the time for his criminal and violent activities, which eventually will land him for a third of his life in jail.

May 2003       
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Though official statistics may have it Amsterdam isn’t the hot gay paradise it once was before, for many the city still works its powerful charm, not in the least because of its small-scale. Also Canadian Mike Conway thinks so, whose weak spot for this city since some time itches to go live there. Gay News had an intimate talk with this born raconteur.

Mar 2003       
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Spielberg Caught (with his pants down)

Catch Me If You Can tells the story of co-pilot-doctor-lawyer Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio), who, forging cheques since the late sixties and making himself, at merely 21, a 4 million dollar fortune, gets caught by FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks). His preppy looks, smooth talk and sharp mind help Abagnale to pull the wool over other people’s eyes. As a runaway child from a broken home, -tax fraud dad (Christopher Walken) bankrupt and mom running off with the president of the Roraty Club-, nobody seems to think twice about this young fraudulent brat posing as a co-pilot. But back then pilots were still heroes and a uniform as cover up helps a lot.

Tom Hanks does a good job as the lonely, driven FBI agent, chasing after but unable to catch the young criminal, but a top performance it ain’t. All in all the movie is far below par. An adolescent co-pilot making it also as a doctor and lawyer...? The direction of Steven Spielberg himself doesn’t add to the soporific lack of drama, fantasy and surprise. Nice, but with Mr. Fantasy himself gracing the credits one might expect more.

Mar 2003       
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It was by sheer chance that we at the editorial desk of Gay News learned about the existence of the New York based record company Dink Records. But from the moment one of their releases caressed our eardrums, our attention was firmly focused on the company’s policy of producing such gay oriented music.

Jul 2002       
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Men and boys posing for him get to know him as Gert Harms and the internet fan knows him no doubt as “Painter010". Two names of the same painter and photographer from a small town in the vicinity of Rotterdam.

Jun 2002       
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Never before in history has a generation been photographed in such numbers in the nude; erotically, sensually, or pornographically. In only a few decades with lightning speed private nude photography developed from a subcultural expression of ‘perversity’ to a generally accepted form of flaunting your own physical appearance. Especially the internet shows a stunning array of people photographed in different states of undress.

Jun 2002       
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At the Rotterdam Film Festival Hedwig And The Angry Inch premiered. This dramatic musical comedy is an adaptation of the Off-Broadway production of the same name in which director ánd lead player John Cameron Mitchell trod the boards for two years and for which he won an Obie Award.

Apr 2002       
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The movieThe Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky by the Dutchman, working and living in Australia, Paul Cox, is not easy to catch in words. “It’s not a documentary and also not a feature film”, says Cox, “it simply is just a film”. Cox tries to capture the intensity and the feelings of Nijinsky’s diaries in screen images. For his guide he takes a number of expressions of the legendary androgynous dancer from the early XXth century.

Apr 2002       
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Endearing, sweet, charming, touching. Fitting words to describe the Spanish film Krámpack. Four positive qualifications, strangely enough in this cold day and age loaded with negative meaning. But luckily there's more to say about the second movie by director Cesc Gay

Feb 2002       
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Upon reading in a magazine Cary Grant got such benefit from a therapy using LSD, Esther Williams decided to also take this drug and get more insight into her life. The year was 1959, the twilight of Williams' career, who, as the star of several extravagant swimming musicals, stood at the cradle of synchronised swimming as an official sport

Nov 2001       
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Another book of nude pics? Yes and no. Though page upon page Julian Hargreavesƒ­ gorgeous Naked Life depicts (half)naked males, the book strays from the usual, worn-out pathways of gay soft porn.

Jul 2001       
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Since his porn career, Holger Zill, better known as Wolff, didn't fold his idle hands in empty lap, but turned them to new creative use.

Jun 2001       
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Tuesday, April 10. An important day for Johan Paulik fans. Touring Europe, eight cities in eight days, Johan also showered his signature on his admirers in bookstore Vrolijk and The Bronx. Gay News was there to take his shirt of his back (figuratively, dear). As it turned out, we first had to clear some hurdles.

May 2001       
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The young and talented French director François Ozon has been doing a lot of filming lately. Sitcom showed him as a lover of the surreal, Les Amants Criminels brought a bizarre, cruel, Freudian fairy tale to the screen, and Gouttes d'Eau sur Pierres Brûlantes brought Rainer Werner Fassbinder back to life.

May 2001       
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So finally for Holland too the time has come to get to know Rosenstolz. AnNa R. and Peter Plate, a duo, having reached the pinnacle of German fame after ten years of hard work, are now too big and too good to stay within German borders only. And where do they want to go to first? Like all of us. To Holland and Amsterdam, of course, silly. Not just a high-handed caprice though. Besides their "regular" fame, Rosenstolz has made it to cult status in the German gay scene. And since Holland is known for its cheese, tulips, drugs and, above all, gays, AnNa and Peter would like nothing better than pay a visit to their western neighbours. Reason enough for Gay News to start scratching Rosenstolz' surface.

May 2001       
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The longing, joy and sorrow of love was the central theme of the film Fucking Åmål by director Lukas Moodysson. Dare to be different, seemed to be his message in this story of a fourteen year old girl, falling in love with another girl in her class. Also in Moodysson's latest movie, Together, homosexuality plays a leading role, even if that role is only a supporting one.Together is an all out treat.

May 2001       
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Lately Holger and Max are the stars in German tv ads. Iglo, manufacturer of instant food, had the guts to develop a campaign in which two gay men got leading roles. Now there are four different tv spots, and the coming months new ones will be added to them.

May 2001       
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Pink Point, which claims the title of the world's first gay and lesbian information kiosk, has returned for a six-month season to its spot next to the Homomonument on the Westermarkt.

May 2001       
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Radio 538 proudly pronounced it: Ricky Martin will come to Amsterdam for an autograph session. Which in common parlance means the guy will hand out his signature to his fans. On a dreary, empty square between the Pathé cinema and the Media Market near the Amsterdam Arena, a (small) platform has been constructed. Over dozens of meters barriers have been put up, to control the expected hordes of fans. Everywhere cops in groups and tough security men in smart grey suits are walking around.

May 2001       
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Be honest. Have you ever fantasized about someone taking some handsome, tasteful, explicit pictures of your naked body? Of course you can play around with a digital camera and reveal your naked physical self to the lens in the safety of your own environment.

Mar 2001       
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When a rain of bombs is falling down, you look for support. You seek each other out... Yes, and then we did it together". The words of an older man sitting in a train, looking out the window. Thus Paragraph 175 by documentary makers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman begins.

Mar 2001       
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Everywhere where Drôle de Félix, by directors-couple Olivier Ducastel en Jacques Martineau (also in private a couple), is shown, audiences as well as press respond with sheer enthusiasm to the scintillating and entertaining movie. Yet the film isn`t mere amusement. Ducastel and Martineau really have something to say, but have woven this almost imperceptibly into the movie as a whole.

Feb 2001       
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Poignant, humorous, heartwarming and hope ful. Four words to which numerous superlatives could be added, in an attempt to describe the compelling movie Billy Elliot. The film has everything to become a major classic in film history, certainly in the gay scene. Though the movie has a `pink` touch, as a whole it certainly couldn`t be labelled `gay`.

Feb 2001       
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992), one of the giants of modern art,will be honoured in Holland for the first time with a retrospective. In the Haags Gemeentemuseum in, you guessed right, The Hague, you can see all the important works by the painter, whose main source of inspiration was the vulnerability of the (human) body, especially since 1945 (how come, one wonders!?). Up till then Bacon got little to no recognition - critics unanimously wrote down his work, while Bacon himself did little to help matters by destroying most of it. But in 1944 he caught some eyes with a triptych and from then on his career spread giant wings. Bacon became one of the most successful postwar artists.

Feb 2001       
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Twice already Drôle de Félix played as gay preview in an Amsterdam cinema and the movie was also part of a French film festival taking place in for instance Amsterdam and Groningen. On the occasion of this Gallophile film treat, Gay News had a talk with Olivier Ducastel, one of the movies` directors. His co-director and life partner Jacques Martineau, with whom he usually gives inteviews together, has been cruelly snatched from his side for a promotional visit to South America. From an abundant waterfall of French sentences on high-speed rail link velocity, we were able to catch the following.

Feb 2001       
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The "Roze Filmdagen" (Pink Filmdays) once again this year offer a full program with international gay and lesbian (short) films and documentaries not playing in the regular" cinemas. All together 80 productions, a "fun package" so to speak, for the lover of films centering on the theme of homosexuality.

Dec 2000       
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The history of sitcoms is rich an varied. Sitcoms always last half an hour. An unwritten law in television land, which starts from the assumption that the average viewer will not be able to keep up his concentration much longer to take in the staple ingredients of puns and misunderstandings. How many sitcoms did you see? And how many do you remember?

Dec 2000       
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Ever since the Gay Games took place in Amsterdam, already two long years ago, the gay community couldn`t ignore anymore the hundreds, no, thousands of gays and lesbians who like nothing better than sweating it out in some kind of sport. So Gay Business Amsterdam, organiser of the city`s annual Gay Pride weekend, wised up and since those memorable Games days has diligently included sports events in their four day program. After last year`s success with athletes active in football, volleyball, swimming and rowing, Pride 2000 will once again welcome queers from all over Europe to compete in their favourite pastime, but also to revel in the special atmosphere of the Dutch capital when it turns pink all over for one gorgeous long weekend.

Jan 1970       
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"Despite all the poverty and misery in the wake of WWI, the Twenties were a flowering period for the German arts in general. Berlin in those days became the unequaled Mecca of the avant-garde. Artists could profit freely from the opportunities offered to them, being freed from the restrictive shackles of the conventions of the prudish, uptight Empire. This inspired renovations in literature, the visual arts and drama." Thus reads the introduction to Film and art in captivity (1933-1945)" by visual artist Adrian Stahlecker.

Jan 1970       
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With his green/blue eyes, dark brown hair and over six feet tall he stands head and shoulders above his male latin peers. We`re talking Carlos Ponce here, superstar from Puerto Rico, worshipped in South and Middle America, the US and Southern Europe. It must be something in the water they drink, since everyone opening his throat there to sing rises to world fame.

Jan 1970       
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Tango de Valentino is a small-scale, Dutch musical production about the life of Rudolph Valentino, the all-time great lover of the silver screen. Reason enough for Gay News to sample some information from its personal library on this Italian born star, who brought every woman (female and male) in the Roaring Twenties to the verge of hysteria. It`s not really surprising Rodolpho Alfonzo Raffaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d`Antonguolla pops up in just about every book on film you can lay your hand on. In encyclopaedias, biographies and in Hollywood Babylon, the famous work on outrageous scandals in Tinsel Town. For now let`s try to discover why this man became so legendary, also for those who never saw any of his films.

Jan 1970       
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Malta`s Eurovision entry this year -"Desire"- promises to make you kick off your shoes and sway your bodies to its rythmic latin beat. The lyrics promise to "Colour your life with the colour of love". But so does the young man who is responsible for writing them!!!

Jan 1970       
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Brand New Start is the title of their new single and that`s exactly what it is. Last year Dutch boyband All Of Us was one of the contestants competing for the Eurovision Song Contest, but unfortunately they didn`t make the impression they`d hoped for. So back to the studio for more rehearsing and learning new dance routines.

Jan 1970       
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"The gay community needs homosexual gods". How little do we find this dictum actualized in our daily reality. Also the gay or bisexual identity of great cultural gods" like Michelangelo, Alexander the Great or Shakespeare is still more often than not denied by straightlaced homophobic straights.

Jan 1970       
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Of his recent films some have never been released in Dutch cinemas. That`s why Rosa von Praunheim was pleased to see his latest cinematographic creation included in Rotterdam`s Film Festival. So much so that this living legend of radical film-making showed up at one of the screenings to introduce his Einstein of Sex to a sold-out cinema. And to experience again what it`s like having to give one interview after another. At the end of an exhausting day Gay News met the man whose films, often dealing with gay subjects, were from the first an inspiration for the rising gay movement in Germany.

Jan 1970       
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Late December on a cold and rainy day Gay News travelled to the city of Haarlem for an interview with French singer Ugo Farell. Some nervous anticipation, as always before an interview with someone you`ve never met before, accompanies me while boarding the train.

Jan 1970       
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