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Screening of "Victim"

  • Aug 11, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Bill's condo

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Screening of "Victim"

1961 British  Dick Bogard, Sylvia Syms

I had not seen this film, or was aware of its existence, until a couple years ago.  So I was astonished by its brazen gay-is-normal take on a minority group that, at that time, existed totally below public awareness.  It is not only the first English-language film to use the term "homosexual," but the first to feature one as the protagonist.

A plea to reform England's anti-sodomy statutes, the film pits Melville Farr (Dirk Bogard), a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr having sex with a young man (being blackmailed & later commits suicide) in Farr's car.  After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men who've been extorted for money by the same blackmailer.  A well-educated police detective (who considers England's sodomy laws nothing but an invitation for blackmail) helps Farr to call the blackmailer's bluff.  What happens next became a revelation for both British and Am. moviegoers of that long-ago time - and even now.

The movie is a solid, well-constructed thriller, beautifully directed, intensely acted and in a brilliant realization of the British version of film noir.  When first released, the British Film Board Censors gave the movie an X rating and the term, "homosexual," originally precluded its release in America.  But the Am. film code changed the following year and the film was allowed to be shown on a limited basis.

The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPXjIySzzC8

Please arrive at 6:00p for light dinner, drinks and socializing.

Move starts at 7:00p  (1 hr, 30 min)

$5 donation at the door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Jonathan F

    So nice to meet everybody in this group. You are so passionate and full of knowledge about film. I thought I am a film buff, have a film degree and being in the business...., until I met everyone. I learned a lot from you that evening.

    I like to suggest that we raise our donation to $10. Thanks Bill for organizing and hosting the event. The food, the drink, the snack and the clean up afterward is a lot of work. He is not trying to make money but he actually was losing money the evening of screening "Victim." If there is surplus of $10 each screening, he is able to spend it on the next screening without taking out from his own pocket.

    I have a Blu-ray copy of "Undertow" that can screen it sometime for the group. Also I'd like to recommend a Chinese gay film "Happy Together" directed by Kar Wai Wong (Chung-King Express ) in 1997.

    Hope to see you again in the next screening.

    August 14, 2013

    • Jonathan F

      I can stop by and drop off "Undertow" at your place. My cell[masked] (Voice or txt msg)

      August 14, 2013

    • Jonathan F

      And another suggestions: "The kids are alright."

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. Thanks for screening it!

    August 14, 2013

  • Steve

    Thought Victim was great! Nice dinner, nice people, good movie! : )
    What more could you ask for from a group called "Silver Screenings?"

    August 14, 2013

    • Bill W.

      I agree. "Victim" is quite impressive.

      August 14, 2013

  • Robb

    A riveting movie! Another great evening at Bill's condo.

    August 13, 2013

  • Robb

    Bill--Didn't realize my "no" RSVP for 8/4 transferred to the new date. I will be attending 8/11 @ your condo. Look forward to seeing you & everyone else tomorrow evening.

    August 10, 2013

    • Bill W.

      Great! See you then

      August 10, 2013

  • Tom D

    Bill -- I'm still on, sorry to hear that Robb and Jay became another victim of changed plans.

    July 30, 2013

    • Tom D

      Yes, I am better able to relish my status as a victim in a small group.

      July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's fine with me. :)

      July 30, 2013

  • Jay S.

    Bill, sorry I can't make this one. I'm going to Lazy Bear up in Guerneville this weekend. I hope I can make the next one.

    July 30, 2013

  • Robb

    Bill--sorry I have to cancel the group gathering on 8/4--I didn't realize I have tickets for the Pasadena Playhouse that evening. Hope you see all of you at the next event.

    July 29, 2013

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