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United Kingdom | 1961 | 96 minutes | Basil Dearden

February 17, 2020

Noir City

Dirk Bogarde gives a brave and compelling performance as a prominent British barrister blackmailed for his closeted homosexuality. A landmark film!

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Dirk Bogarde gives a compelling performance as a British barrister blackmailed for his closeted homosexuality. This suspenseful thriller is also a landmark of queer cinema; not only was it the first British film to use the word "homosexual," it triggered a campaign to overturn the national law which held homosexuality to be a punishable offense. Sylvia Syms tops a fine supporting cast as Bogarde's loyal wife, a role of complexity and compassion.

  • Director: Basil Dearden
  • Principal Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 1961
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Michael Relph
  • Cinematographers: Otto Heller
  • Language: English
  • Format: 35mm