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Theatre director Mathias makes his film debut with Sherman's adaptation of his 1979 play. Gay playboy Max (Owen) is enjoying the nightlife in decadent Berlin--until the Nazi crackdown. Soon, Max is in a cattle car on his way to Dachau, where he passes himself off as Jewish, thinking he'll be treated better. However Horst (Bluteau), who befriended Max on the train, is openly part of the pink triangle prisoners. Still, Max gets Horst assigned to the same meaningless hard labor and the duo fall in love--without ever being allowed to touch. Good performances (with Jagger notable in a brief role as a drag star) but the lingering staginess is to the film's detriment. An R-rated version is also available.

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Available on Running time 104 minutes. Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Adapted from a Play, Gays, Concentration/Internment Camps, Berlin, Sex & Sexuality
Screenplay
Martin Sherman
Cast
Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen, Brian Webber, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Paul Bettany
Cinematography
Yorgos Arvanitis
Director
Sean Mathias
Music
Philip Glass
Other
Jude Law, Rupert Graves
Producer
Hisami Kuriowa, Michael Solinger, Dixie Linder, Sarah Radclyffe, Channel Four Film, Goldwyn Entertainment Company

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