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Ian Jane
05-10-2013, 01:40 PM
This is one of those documentaries that came out, that I thought was super fucking awesome, and that I then forgot about.

Came across the trailer while goofing around on my lunch break and thought, huh, this needs a thread. So here it is.


Somewhere I have an old review for this that I need to port over here. At any rate, this is an awesome look back at the phenomena that was Plato's Retreat. Fascinating stuff. It's not the lifestyle choice for me but hearing, first hand from those who were there, how all this went down and why is pretty freakin' fascinating. A really well put together piece, definitely worth seeking out.

The Magnolia DVD (http://www.amazon.com/American-Swing-al/dp/B001NJ91C0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368207525&sr=8-2&keywords=american+swing) is the only game in town to the best of my knowledge.

The cover makes it look like a modern sex thing, it's not. This movie is awesome.


05-10-2013, 04:47 PM
I have this movie also. I watched it many moons ago, when it first came out, and remember really enjoying it at a time when I was fairly new (well, relatively compared to now) to 1970s NYC and XXX. I should rewatch it.

Ian Jane
05-10-2013, 04:52 PM
You definitely should. If you're more familiar with the characters that litter the 70s NYC scene now than you were then, you'll probably get more out of it.

05-10-2013, 04:56 PM
That's what I'm thinking too. Thanks for reminding me about it!

Robin Bougie
05-12-2013, 04:32 AM
Yeah, thanks for the reminder. Also really enjoyed it when I first peeped it. It's really fun to read all of these articles in issues of CHERI and HIGH SOCIETY in the 1970s where they go to Plato's and interview Larry, and document the whole culture there, and then to see this movie and see what was going on behind the scenes and after the fact. Very interesting.