verliebt, verzopft, verwegen. Geschichten lesbischer (Un-)Sichtbarkeit im Wien der 50er und 60er Jahre
A historical and visual void.
A queer documentary from Austria (!).
The city was rather gray and antiquated back in the old days. If there was any scene at all, it was a gay men’s scene. The so-called "sub" scene was not particularly inviting. During the frequent police raids lesbians and gay men had to be seated nicely at tables – "normal" and "inconspicuous." Lesbian life took place in private – behind closed doors. Unlike in other countries, there is very little imagery documenting it in Austria. This visual gap still exists today with the exception of an interruption in the well-documented 70s, during which the lesbian movement was quite active politically and in the media, although "lesbians are always and everywhere."
Katharina Lampert and Cordula Thym's ambitious film project deals with the lives and networks of lesbians in Vienna in the 1950s and 60s. amorous, antiquated, audacious is based on interviews with three witnesses to history, who were active in the lesbian scene during that period. In an eloquent, entertaining, and refreshingly ironic manner, they talk about what it was like to realize that they were "different" in their youth and find their own identity despite society's impediments and a lack of positive lesbian role models.