Bent (1997)

SEAN MATHIAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

United Kingdom/Japan, 1997.  Channel Four Films, NDF Inc., ASK Kodansha, Arts Council of England.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , . Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Spiritless adaptation of Martin Sherman’s play about two men locked up in a concentration camp during World War II.  Clive Owen, ashamed of having been put into the camp for being a homosexual, schemes his way to getting a yellow star on his uniform because he feels it’s less degrading than a pink triangle. When he meets fellow inmate , a wearer of the triangle himself, he falls in love with him and is forced to face his own self-hatred.

Despite an energetic beginning that does a ripping job of recreating the decadent years of pre-Nazi Berlin (including a wonderful drag performance by ), the film soon gives in to its stagebound origins and the material loses much of its original edge.

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