Essay Movie Review : Longtime Companion

1760 Words Jan 18th, 2016 8 Pages
The film I chose to do for this film review assignment was Longtime Companion. The movie premiered in 1989 and during that time our society was just beginning to understand that AIDS was a disease and research was being done on how to treat this disease. In the early 1980’s and up until the release of the film, those that had been diagnosed with AIDS had a very poor prognosis for survival. Also when the movie was released, society was beginning to realize that AIDS not only affected the gay community, but every member of our society. Today we now understand that AIDS does not discriminate and that this disease effects our entire society. AIDS raised the diversity issue that the gay community was not the only ones affected by this disease. As we began to understand and define what AIDS was, we began to understand that the AIDS epidemic was a diversity issue that affected our entire society. The story, Longtime Companion, was written by Craig Lucas and the film was directed by Norman Rene. The film takes place in New York City and Fire Island, New York. As the movie starts, it is July, 1981 in Fire Island where a group of gay friends have gotten together for the Fourth of July holiday. The movie depicts the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and how it devastates the lives of several gay men living during the 1980’s. The movie is broken up into nine chronological segments which show the emergence of AIDS, as we know it today, and how it effects the lives of gay…

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