The AIDS Show (1986)

  • Telling Pictures
  • 58min
  • USA

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Produced at the outset of the HIV/AIDS crisis, Peter Adair and Rob Epstein’s unique synthesis of documentary and theater strikingly and movingly examines the toll that the epidemic had already taken on gay men in America by then. Based in part upon the San Francisco stage company Theatre Rhinoceros’s production, The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival, Adair and Epstein’s film combines excerpts from the theater piece and interviews with its performers to capture both the psychological and political effects of the epidemic at that stage, as well as queer artists’ efforts to confront it in their work. A Milestone Films release.


Peter Adair


Rob Epstein



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