The Boys in the Band


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The Boys in the Band

  • 1970
  • Directed By: William Friedkin
  • Rated R
  • Drama
  • 118 Minutes
  1. Sunday, January 22, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Boys in the Band
The Boys in the Band was a groundbreaking play by Mart Crowley that was adapted to film by William Friedkin, before going on to earn acclaim with films like French Connection and The Exorcist. The story is set in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where six of Harold's friends are throwing him a birthday party. One of his presents is "Cowboy", an attractive but unintelligent male prostitute.  During the party, Harold’s self-deprecating humor takes a nasty turn as the nine men become increasingly inebriated.

Introduction is being provided by Professor Alex Doty, Chair of the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

The film is being screened as a primer for the Pride Film Festival and is co-sponsored by GLBT Student Support Services at Indiana University, the Department of Communication and Culture, and IU Cinema.

(16mm presentation)