HIDDEN CLASSICS REVEALED
As has become usual over the years, Zinegoak continues to work on recovering classics that went unnoticed in their own time or were not considered important but—with the passage of time—have shown that they are.
This year is a clear example of both the above cases.
Firstly, we will have Walk on The Wild Side (Edward Dwytryk, 1962) – one of the least known and most controversial films by this director, which was the cause of some scandal when it was released. A truculent story set in a brothel in the New Orleans underworld. The direct presence of a lesbian relationship—one of the first in the history of American cinema—is surprising, as the infamous Hays Code for self-regulated censorship was still in the last throes of its death. The performances by Jane Fonda and Anne Baxter were also outstanding, in addition to the magnificent credits by Saul Bass and Joe McDonald’s photography.
Secondly, we will have Victim (Basil Bearden, 1961) – a film with great sociological significance, as it is considered to have exercised much influence on the acceptance of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. Victim helped liberalise attitudes and subsequently influenced British law as, up until 1967, homosexual relationships were forbidden even between adults. It is not a box-office hit although Dirk Bogarde’s performance is outstanding—and led to a BAFTA nomination—but it is an important work due to its activism.