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LGBTQ • stage to screen • 1930s • Germany • hard-hitting • war & military
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In 1930s Berlin, Max sleeps with German SA officer, only to see him killed by his fellow Nazis the next morning as part of the Night of the Long Knives. Refusing an offer of new papers from his Uncle Freddie for fear of leaving his boyfriend Rudy behind, Max and Rudy are found by the Gestapo, to whom Max lies about his homosexuality and his relationship with Rudy. Bound for the Dachau concentration camp, Max will have to reckon with his identity, and his dignity, in the face of terrible persecution. This 1997 film directed by Sean Mathias is based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman.

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