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The Secret of Wendel Samson


directed by Mike Kuchar, 33 minutes

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Shy Pop artist Wendel Samson (played by real Pop artist Red Grooms) can’t work up the nerve to break up with his boyfriend, so he has anonymous trysts with other men. Meanwhile, when his female friend Margaret pressures him into an intimate relationship, it sends Wendel spiraling into a nightmare world where he’s violently punished for his sexuality.

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1 user found this helpful Created about 1 year ago.

Yes, it is amateurish and clumsy. But if you look beyond that, you will see one of the first films to actually address the gay experience from a gay point of view. Being pressured to conform, not giving in to that pressure, not being ashamed of who you are - just confused. Accepting yourself, carrying on with your life and seeing what the new day will bring. For 1966, this is a pretty radical statement. Give it another chance.

Created over 1 year ago.

i like that it is from 1966 and there is a novelty to it.

Created 7 months ago.

Important early gay-positive film. Fascinating.

Created about 1 year ago.

This really sucked.

Created over 1 year ago.

cant even get thrugh the first 5 minutes. bored to pieces. sorry

Created over 1 year ago.

This was one of the most stupid movies I have ever watched . I have nothing more to add.

Created over 1 year ago.

I had to watch this film 3 times because of all the buffering..John Waters probably watched this 100's of times and used it as a template for his future movies..Anyway, no lessons learned, no real social value, but with a bit of shock value..Kind of like walking into your brothers bedroom and seeing him having sex with a transvestite..

Created almost 2 years ago.