Bent

BB.5

(out of 5)


Spiritless adaptation of Martin Sherman’s play about two men locked up in a concentration camp during World War II.  , 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.


Channel Four Films, NDF Inc., ASK Kodansha, Arts Council of England

United Kingdom/Japan, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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