Homosexual Holocaust

A powerful tale about memory and loss and being gay in the Third Reich

Survivor Albrecht Becker served a three-year prison 
term for homosexuality and then joined the German 
Army in 1940
Courtesy of Telling Pictures
Survivor Albrecht Becker served a three-year prison term for homosexuality and then joined the German Army in 1940

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Opening at Bill Cosford Cinema, off Campo Sano Ave, Coral Gables, 305-284-4861

Narrated by Rupert Everett

Sano Ave, Coral Gables

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The result is a film not so much about Nazis or gays or docu-history but about memory and forgetting, about the passionate roil of self-awareness in a largely indifferent world. Like a few other great movies about the Holocaust (Alain Resnais's Night and Fog and Shoah), Paragraph 175is one of those rare films that exceeds its intentions. Epstein and Friedman clearly have set out to document a fast-fading episode of gay history. They certainly achieve this, recording the facts as they found them. But this lyrical graceful film, full of contrasting horror and sweetness, also is a profound meditation on personal memory and social amnesia and on the basic human need to tell the stories of lives lived -- lives with great pain and confusion but experienced fully. This is transcendent cinema. Don't miss it.

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