Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993)

PETER FRIEDMAN, TOM JOSLIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

USA, 1993.  .  Music by .  Film Editing by , Peter Friedman.  

Anyone who thinks they know anything about the AIDS epidemic should just shut up and watch this blistering, awe-inspiring documentary, in which filmmaker Tom Joslin, who died before completing the project, and his partner Mark Massi film each other as the disease gradually takes their lives away. Joslin and Peter Friedman, who completed the film following Joslin’s death, don’t shy away from any aspect of the situation, showing the daily struggle of having enough energy to run errands as a miracle in the beginning, through to later days when being able to spend a solid block of time with relatively good cognitive awareness is a blessing from above. The moments where these two men reach out to each other, and to their friends and family, only makes the horror of AIDS that much more affecting. One of the greatest love stories ever put on film.

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