|VICTIM Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 –7 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 – 4 p.m.|
|“‘I wanted him!’ With these words Dirk Bogarde consigned his matinee idol alter-ego to history, and a gripping landmark in gay cinema was born. Bogarde’s closeted, married lawyer Melville Farr is drawn into exposing a terrifying blackmail ring when an admirer (Peter McEnery) commits suicide rather than implicate him. Supporting the recommendations of the Wolfenden Committee, director Basil Dearden, producer Michael Relph and screenwriter Janet Green denounced the poisonous, institutionalized homophobia gay men of all classes faced, and cleverly packaged the politics within an accessible crime-thriller. VICTIM, and Bogarde’s courageous appearance in it, helped propel public discourse towards the 1967 Act and beyond – changing lives in the process.” – British Film InstituteOn Friday night, Dr. Bryan Burton, Assistant Professor in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.Released: 1961Run time: 100|
For your safety and that of other guests, masks are strongly recommended, but no longer required indoors. All screenings take place in Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus.
Admission is free, but we suggest a $5 donation.
In these challenging times, we are grateful to all Sonoma Film Institute attendees and supporters. To continue as a unique cultural resource in the North Bay Area, SFI needs contributions from the community we serve. With your support, we will continue to program the incredible variety of movies you can’t find anywhere else. Thank you!