"Do you mind saying how old you were born?" the dead-serious narrator asks a 70ish lesbian in "World Is Out," a documentary film about homosexuality, done in the popular sociolese style of asking people to tell how they feel.
The question was an accident and is hastily corrected, but the intended questions are just as silly. The last way an artist can find out about people, as F. Scott Fitzgerald was told when he drove his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy crazy by asking them about themselves, is by direct questioning.
The 26 people interviewed for two and a quarter hours all sound alike: "I wanted to be me, you know . . . Then, you know, I met this man (woman) . . . Being in love opening new doors for me. like a whole new world, you know . . . I had always felt, you know, as if I were acting a, you know, role, that wasn't, you know, the real me . . ."
To accompany these words, there is endless film of individuals talking in which the heads are all cut off at the eyebrows. This is not a disguise, because the identifiable features are there with only the foreheads missing - just film technique on a level, so to speak, with the words.
One wonders what generalization the film-makers hoped to make about homosexuality. The only other characteristic those interviewed had in common was boring self-preoccupation - but then what would you get if you asked 26 heterosexuals to describe their early sexual orientation?