Paragraph 175 (2000)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 2000.  , , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  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 ‘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.

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