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Pride On Screen: 25 Essential Queer Films

Pride On Screen

02 Victim
Basil Dearden (1961)

Though known for being the first English-language movie to use the word “homosexual,” Victim, about a closeted British lawyer (Dirk Bogarde) whose gay flirtations threaten his marriage and his freedom, is most notable as a snapshot of gay acts that, at the time, were criminalized in England and Wales. The lawyer’s quest for conformity may seem regressive now, but his struggle against oppression remains very real. 


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