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Milk – Revisited

26 June, 2009

Further to my late night post where I didn’t feel up to writing anything due to tiredness and being affected emotionally by watching the film Milk.

I wholeheartedly recommend this film to anyone who has more than half a brain and doesn’t rate a film by the amount of car wrecks and explosions it contains.

This film is a true account of the last few years of the life of gay activist Harvey Milk. Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected into public office in the US in the 1970s.

Milk was assasinated, along with the Mayor of San Francisco, by his former collegue Dan White.

This film dramatises Milk’s drive, determination and courage to stand up to what he called “The Machine”, meaning the right wing politicians and religious fanatics that sought to remove many human rights from gay and lesbian people in the US in the 70s.

Milks determination not to give in but to fight back by standing for office himself inspired many people and gave then hope where none existed before. The sad truth is that Milk was not murdered because of his sexuality but because he used his position to better the lives of many gay, lesbian, disabled and elderly people within the San Fransisco area.

Milk did not just stand up for one minority group, but he championed them all.

The film is moving, it makes you angry and it makes you sad in equal amounts.

Sean Penn richly deserves his Oscar as his performance is flawless.

This is the best film I’ve seen this year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 July, 2009 7:50 AM

    I cried when I watched this, which was a bit embarrassing as I was sitting in an open air theatre in the middle of Sydney. Everyone else around me thought I was nuts, hard-hearted swines.

  2. 28 June, 2009 9:39 PM

    Sounds excellent – thank you for the recommendation.

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