New PDF release: Victim (BFI Film Classics)

By John Coldstream

From Amazon: "Victim (1961) was once a landmark movie, not just for Dirk Bogarde in taking over the position of the title’s sufferer - the gay barrister who takes at the blackmailers who prey on homosexual males - but additionally within the own lives of many that went to determine the movie. Its message in regards to the want for society to take away, by means of decriminalization, a way of persecuting a selected minority used to be one with which Bogarde pointed out totally, yet may perhaps, for visible purposes, champion basically via a piece of fiction. James Mason and Jack Hawkins had became down the function; Bogarde, with extra to lose than both of them, seized it with savour. released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s unencumber, John Coldstream’s insightful research addresses the film’s significance within the crusade to decriminalize homosexuality; the contribution of its stars Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms to its emotional influence; and the danger Bogarde took in taking up the primary role."

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This was when I was in my mid-twenties, wearing the signature flat-top cut of quasi-nerds of the late 1950s and early 1960s. I was a Peace Corps volunteer living in Iligan City on the big southern island of Mindanao, where I was assigned as an English teacher. The Iligan City barbershop I frequented was an air-conditioned oasis from the sticky humidity of the tropical island nation. And I had never experienced such a sensuous haircut. The barber took his time, even with my buzzcut, to meticulously trim all unnecessary facial hairs.

Something else in the courtyard rubble caught my eye, a piece of bamboo with straw wrapping. It resembled a sheath. I picked it up to give to my son in America, who was just about to turn twelve and who loved knives and swords. Because of their different travel arrangements, Li Keng, Roger, Lai Wah, and Allison never had a chance to revisit the village after the quick hit on November 9. Flo, Ed, Felicia, Bradley, and I, however, had greater flexibility and we decided to return for a longer, more leisurely visit the next day.

As though tethered by an invisible umbilical cord, I return to Chinatown frequently, mostly to shop for food and to eat. Very few of my generation own businesses or live there anymore. As thriving as it is today, business leaders are worried about increasing competition from suburban Asian shopping malls that have lots of free parking. But I can’t resist the 24 Hometown: In the Shadow of San Francisco chaotic allure of Chinatown, despite parking headaches, dirty streets, and sometimes trenchant odors.

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