- From: Ken Rudolph <kenru@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 23:37:36 -0800
David Gartner wrote:
On Sun, 23 Nov 2008 08:16:44 -0800, Ken Rudolph wrote:
Van Sant's film is everything I had hoped for, and even a little more.
Please tell me you didn't see it at Cinemark or Tinseltown.
Of course I didn't...the film hasn't even been released yet, and I watched it at an industry screening. Plus Cinemark doesn't have a footprint in metro Los Angeles, so this boycott has hardly made a dent in the public perception here.
Anyway, I hope that boycotts don't stop a single person from watching this film. I think that had it been released prior to the election that it might have had an impact on the Prop 8 vote. Interestingly enough, Harvey Milk's greatest triumph, according to the film, was as a political organizer against the Briggs initiative (Prop 6), which was an attempt to roll back any laws providing equal employment opportunities for gays; and further, to ban gays from teaching in the public schools. This in an era when gays were just coming out of the era of invisibility and still subject to prejudice and bigotry which dwarfs what exists in the current political landscape. The polls were saying that support for Prop. 6 was 60-30 pro...yet in the end the initiative amazingly failed by about that margin. It is almost inescapable from watching this film that what the current Prop 8 fight lacked was the right kind of gay political leadership...the kind that Milk provided back in 1978.
All I can say is that I hope that this film becomes a crossover success. It says all the right things with absolutely emotionally shattering effectiveness.
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