Circus of Books (review)

Circus of Books (review)
Circus of Books (review)
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This is a documentary about a legendary gay XXX bookstore in Los Angeles, that was also one of the country’s biggest distributors of gay porn. What makes this story so unique is that it was run since 1976 by an unassuming couple with 3 kids (they kept it a secret for many years). Their double life is shown thru interviews with the family (one of whom actually directed the film), as well as home videos and lots period footage. They deal with store issues, including actually producing erotic videos, the effect of AIDS on their staff and a legal challenge. Meanwhile, they’re raising their 3 kids in a close-knit Jewish home. While nothing about the production of this doc is especially original, the subject and this unusual couple offer a fascinating glimpse at a little-known part of gay history. (Netflix)


3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)


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