Melville Farr, (Dirk Bogarde) is a married lawyer, a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers, and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer’s bluff.
This movie was far ahead of its time in 1961 was then a blatant plea for England to reforms it’s sodomy laws which were still on the books.
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Back2Stonewall.com presents Luchino Visconti’s classic interpretation of the Thomas Mann’s novella “Death In Venice”. Dirk Bogarde plays the ageing composer who reassesses his life when his eyes alight on a beautiful teenage boy
Based on German writer Thomas Mann’s renowned 1912 novella, Luchino Visconti’s film is a stately, majestic work starring a 50-year-old Dirk Bogarde as German composer Gustav Von Aschenbach (a character some suppose to be based on Gustav Mahler, whose music provides the film’s score).
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