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Gay cruising and its geography in cinema and documentary

The idea for this list grew out of discussions after I rewatched Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) and a suggestion from David Conner.  My interest is in films where cruising forms part of the plot (rather than just incidental background), with a particular interest where the film focuses on the geography or architecture where the cruising occurs, in addition to the rituals of cruising.

I have not included narrative films/documentaries where the cruising happens in the context of sex work or hustling.  Gary Needham is curating a great list for those films at Movie Trade: Hustlers and Male Sex Work in Cinema and Documentary.  Acknowledging that cruising has moved online for many men, I have not included films about online cruising, which need a seperate…

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