A.V. Club - 03/26/2009
"Directors Matthew Kaufman and Jon Hart assemble a creditable account of Plato's ambitions and how human nature, social changes, and Levenson's mistakes brought it down."
In 1970s New York City, Plato's Retreat was an epicenter of sensual excess. The renowned sex club was a thriving destination for patrons who wanted to leave their inhibitions at the door. This colorful documentary recounts the creation of the club by Larry Levenson, and its ultimate demise during the AIDS era.
The Seventies were sexy and sleazy. At the epicenter of it all was Plato's Retreat, the controversial, first-ever swingers club. In New York's conservative Upper West Side, Plato's embraced adventurous couples who came to dance, to swim, and… to swap. It was the start of a revolution. The brainchild of Larry Levenson, the self-proclaimed “King of Swing,” Plato's Retreat quickly emerged as the mainstay of public sex for the “me” generation, welcoming anyone and everyone. For only $35, couples checked their judgments and pedigrees at the door; debutantes got it on next to bus drivers, as movie stars gave secretaries the “starlet treatment.” For Levenson and others, Plato's was a utopia. However, this wild party did not last. American Swing brings this enigmatic epic of excess to the screen for the first time by Directors Mathew Kaufman & Jon Hart.
AIDS (Disease) |
Big City |
New York City |