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3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Victim (1961) was a landmark film, not only for Dirk Bogarde in taking on the role of the title’s victim - the homosexual barrister who takes on the blackmailers who prey on gay men - but also in the personal lives of many who went to see the film. Its message about the need for society to remove, by decriminalization, a means of persecuting a specific minority was one wit ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by British Film Institute (first published August 16th 2011)
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Oct 02, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it
Recently the BFI had a Dirk Bogarde season. To tie in with this they produced a brilliant little book, all about a rather brilliant film - 'Victim' . The book is written by John Coldstream, who was a perfect choice for the task, as he recently wrote a fantastic biography of Mr Bogarde and put together Dirk's letters!

To read that and of course this book, you are struck once again by what a dichotomy Dirk was. He lived with his partner Anthony Forward for over 40 years and yet up to his dying day
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Jan 13, 2014 Alex Pilcher rated it liked it
A bit disappointing, and I've certainly read more satisfying books in this BFI series. Too much space is taken up with a detailed synopsis (surely most readers have seen the film?). It would have been more helpful to delve a bit more into the film's relationship with its context, particularly in terms of other screen representations of homosexuals and the impact that Victim had on audiences in the early 60s. These themes are touched on but in quite a superficial manner.
Jan 10, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
A detailed and compelling guide to the 1961 film Victim. The book covers the situations that led to the script being written, the work that went into delivering a working script, a critical look at the plot and the shooting of the film, reactions to the film by critics and audiences, and its legacy. Written by the official biographer and letter editor of Dirk Bogarde.
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