Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sean Mathias|
|Produced by||Michael Solinger
|Written by||Martin Sherman|
Brian Webber II
|Music by||Philip Glass|
|Editing by||Isabelle Lorente|
|Studio||Channel Four Films|
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US DVD)|
|Running time||105 minutes|
Bent is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of SA leader Ernst Röhm on the Night of the Long Knives.
Max (Clive Owen) is a promiscuous gay man living in 1930s Berlin. He is at odds with his wealthy family because of his homosexuality. One evening, much to the resentment of his boyfriend, Rudy (Brian Webber II), Max brings home a handsome SA man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Unfortunately, he does so on the Night of the Long Knives, when Hitler ordered the assassination of upper echelon SA corps. The Sturmabteilung man is discovered and killed by SS men in Max and Rudy's apartment, and the two have to flee Berlin.
Max's Uncle Freddie (Ian McKellen) has organised new papers for Max, but Max refuses to leave his boyfriend behind. As a result, Max and Rudy are found and arrested by the Gestapo and put on a train headed for Dachau. On the train, Rudy is brutally beaten to death by the guards. As Rudy calls out to Max when he is taken away, Max lies to the guards, denying he is gay. In the camp, Max falls in love with Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), who shows him the dignity that lies in acknowledging one's beliefs.
- Clive Owen as Max
- Lothaire Bluteau as Horst
- Ian McKellen as Uncle Freddie
- Brian Webber II as Rudy
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Wolf
- Mick Jagger as Greta
- Jude Law as Stormtrooper
- Paul Bettany as Captain
- Rachel Weisz as Prostitute
- 1997: Won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival
- 1998: Won Best Feature Film in the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05.