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Victim on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I'd strongly recommend this Dirk Bogarde classic on Criterion Collection DVD.
- kevin sellers
In today's post "Brokeback Mountain" culture a film like "Victim" can seem maddeningly cautious and middle of the road, but you have to learn to walk before you can run, and "Victim" is among the first halting steps toward an attitude of understanding, if not enlightenment, regarding gay culture. So, although there is an underlying assumption on the part of the film makers that a healthy heterosexual relationship is to be preferred over a homosexual one, and the scenes between Sylvia Syms and Dirk Bogarde are alternately stiff and melodramatic, as only the Brits can do, I found more to admire about this film than to criticize. Therefore, let's give it a B plus.
One of the first films to address homophobia and it's laws in London. Bogarde is a closeted barrister who sets out to find a blackmailer targeting the gay community. The plot show the homosexuals in a sympathetic light because the film shows the justice system and public to be oppressive and corrupt. I wanted to like this film, the story is riveting and I'm glad that the film doesn't scream for gay rights, it begs for them without sentimental pity. So despite a few moments of over-the-top melodrama, I found this to be an absorbing, intense thriller. I give it a 5/5.
Victim is Riveting!
- James Butler
I recently caught this movie on the Independent Film Channel. Without a doubt, it is definitely one of the films that will stay with you long after you have watched it. The plot of the film involves blackmail of homosexuals in 1960s UK during a time when being gay was a criminal offense. Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms give nuanced and restrained performances that are powerful. The title is now available on DVD.
Ahead of Its Time
Surprisingly frank drama for its time. Bogarde gives a nuanced performance. Nicely shot in black and white with good location scenes of early 60s London. Avoids sentimentality in favor of stoicness.