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06:57 pm: Milk
This is the political story of Harvey Milk, the first out gay public official in the US. It was a really good movie, but it's also the only one where I think I took notes throughout. I reread The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk before I watched this, and most of the words were exactly the same as in the book.

Harvey always said he wouldn't live to be 50 and he made a recording to be played only if he was assassinated. He was, of course, along with George Moscone, and using a framework of him making that recording was a wonderful way to move the movie along. It also allowed them to leave out a lot of things. For one, his sex/love life is shown as serial monogamy when it wasn't. His friends already knew Jack had hung himself before Harvey went upstairs and found him. Anne Kronenburgh worried throughout working with him that she and her lesbian friends were getting the shaft, so to speak. What the movie gives you is a wiped-clean life of Harvey -- good for most folk watching, but not really what happened.

I would have liked to know which film bits were real as opposed to modified to look real. Our Frank Robinson is shown in the movie at 1:20:33 and talks in the "Remembering Harvey" extra, although he's labelled as "Campaign Writer." I guess SF writer was too unusual.

So I'm really conflicted about the movie. As a movie, it was really good, and you can't get a book into movie time. On the other hand, the movie was sanitized for the general public, and I'm not sure that's a good thing.

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From:firecat
Date:June 11th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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Is the book more accurate than the movie, then?
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 11th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
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Yes, simply because it contains more information. Randy Shiltz, the author, included massive research links at the end of the book and I found it easy to follow the few I wanted to and see/read the originals.
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From:serge_lj
Date:June 11th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
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Basically, it's like The Right Stuff then, or like most biopics? Unless you have a miniseries within which to work, stuff will get thrown out and fictionalization steps in to bridge the gaps left by the stuff now missing.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
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No, in two ways. There's no fictionalization in the movie. It's even shot at City Hall. And the material that was left out was of a specific type, to make the movie more acceptable to the general public.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 11th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you mentioned all this. I would have watched it and thought it was factual when it fact it's sanitized for general consumption.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that surprised me, which is why I grabbed one of my bits of paper from the end table and a pen. I'd be crocheting and then have to write something.
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