Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 2000. Channel Four Films, Cinemax, HBO Theatrical Documentary, Telling Pictures, Zero Film GmbH. Screenplay by Sharon Wood. Cinematography by Bernd Meiners. Produced by Janet Cole, Michael Ehrenzweig, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, John Hoffman. Music by Tibor Szemzo. Film Editing by Dawn Logsdon. Independent Spirit Awards 2000.Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
Touching documentary by the creators of Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt and The Celluloid Closet that interviews survivors of the Holocaust who were interred in concentration camps for being homosexual. Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein use real footage and very powerful interviews, all linked by Rupert Everett‘s narration, to tell a very difficult story and make a very challenging, if not always unforgettable, film. It’s not as compelling as their Oscar-winning efforts of 1984’s The Times of Harvey Milk or Common Threads, mostly due to a somewhat wobbly narrative, but it’s a worthy piece of work, especially since the men who do tell their stories onscreen are at turns brave, wry and heartbreakingly vulnerable.