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June 23, 2021

The Circle (Der Kreis)


I've just finished watching this film (got the DVD from Netflix) and I highly recommend it. I'm moderately familiar with gay history back to Walt Whitman, but this story was entirely new to me. Switzerland never had a law like Germany's Paragraph 175 and in Z├╝rich a small community of gay men formed around a magazine called Der Kreis. The documentary follows that group as rampant homophobia flared up in Switzerland. It shows how the "logic" of the police and judicial system effectively made the murder of gay men permissible. Nonetheless, many of the men involved in Der Kreis were still quite alive when the documentary was made in 2014, and interviews with some of those men are sandwiched into the movie to great effect.

It's got a happy ending!

Viewable for free on Kanopy if you have a library card and your library participates in Kanopy (Riverside County libraries do). According to JustWatch it's also available on The Roku Channel and on Microsoft.

Filed under Film/Movies,Gay Issues | permalink | June 23, 2021 at 07:59 PM

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