Monday, 17 July 2017

Dirk Bogarde: why 'the idol of the Odeons' risked everything for art

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Steve Rose

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With his daring role in Victim, the British star helped to change the gay narrative for ever

Related: Dirk Bogarde: the rebellion of a reluctant pinup

Watching Victim in 1961, audiences would have been shocked to hear the word "homosexual" – the first time it had been uttered in a movie. What shocks when watching Victim today is hearing the words "convicted homosexual". Homosexuality would remain a crime until the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was passed 5 0 years ago this month; something this crusading film played its part in bringing about.

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