Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. Strand Releasing. Screenplay by Raoul O’Connell, Brian Sloan, Robert Lee King. Cinematography by W. Mott Hupfel III, Jonathan Schell, Greg Gardiner. Produced by Raoul O’Connell, Richard Hoffman, John Peter James, Robert Lee King, Brian Sloan. Music by Tom Judson, Wendall J. Yuponce, James Edward Tate Jr.. Production Design by Leslie Brown, Adrian Davey, Kevin Donaldson. Costume Design by Neal San Teguns. Film Editing by Chris Houghton, Paul McCudden, Brian Sloan.
The first in a series of films combining poignant and entertaining short films pertaining to gay males, this is still one of the strongest of the bunch. All three deal with young men awakening to their sexuality: the first, and least impressive, Pool Days, follows an attendant hired as a night guard at a public pool, whose fixation on one particular swimmer teaches him all he needs to know about himself. A Friend Of Dorothy, the best of the three, stars Raoul O’Connell (who also directs) as a college student who is trying to make a connection on campus while secretly lusting after his roommate. The Disco Years features Nashville‘s late Gwen Welles in one of her final roles, and is a sweet coming of age tale about a high school kid in the seventies who gets it on with the school’s hot sport star, only to be rejected immediately afterwards and made the focus of derision among his peers. The three films work well enough on their own, but combined they make for a terrific night of entertainment.