Stolen Moments

on April 10, 1998 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   Lesbians get serious in this sober look at the history of lesbian life, from the Civil War to today's women's motorcycle clubs. Gender roles, attitudes towards gay women from society at large and personal coming-out stories are linked together in "Stolen Moments" to celebrate the joys of being a lesbian.
   It's a compelling story and much of it is fascinating, particularly the pre-World War II examination of lesbianism in tolerant Weimar, Germany, and the profiles of lesbian courtship in the United States in the 1950s. But the interviews, with writers like Leslie Feinberg and Audre Lorde, as well as with ordinary folk, fall flat; all of them seem to be cut from the same militant, politically correct cloth. "Stolen Moments" does not allow the full spectrum of lesbian beliefs and politics, from what is a highly varied community, to emerge. It's too narrowly focused and myopic.    Narrated by Kate Nelligan. Directed and written by Margaret Westcott. Produced by Silva Basmajian. A First Run release. Documentary. Not rated. Running time: 88 min.
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