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A classic film on many levels,
This review is from: Victim [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fascinating film in many ways. The acting by Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims and the rest of the cast is excellent, and it is well directed.
The film works on many levels. On one level it is a whodunit - a homosexual commits suicide, and the man's lawyer (Bogarde) tries to track down the blackmailer who drove him to it.
On another level it is a drama - as the lawyer goes deeper into the gay world, it reopens his uncertainty over his own sexual orientation, and puts a strain on his marriage (to Sylvia Sims).
On a third level it is gay propoganda. At the time (Early 1960's) male homosexual acts were illeagal. This film led to greater tolleration by the public - leading to a change in the law. In fact, this has probably had a greater impact on changing public opinion (on any subject) than any other British film.
Some gay activists may now dislike the film, because many of the gay charaters are shown as sad, pathetic individuals living secret lives in the shadows, who only wanted to be left in peace away from the police and blackmailers. However, this was probably an accurate reflection of the times.