…including only films with some kind of a gay investigator. In addition to these, I could also consider, though I decided not to, any number of television and video serials…
Then there are crime films in which gays have roles other than as investigators, but I decided to abide by the parameters I established for my book and eliminated all films in which homosexuals serve only as weak, hapless victims or as murderous criminals.
Two favorites are Victim (1961) a must-see British entry that paved the way for the rest on the list. Directed by Basil Dearden and starring Dirk Bogarde, Victim is the kind of film that shocks you being light-years ahead of its time. Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine is the other known gem from Gunn. Over the years I’ve grown to adore this film as I have loved most of Haynes’ projects. Christian Bale is the newspaper reporting sleuth following the careers of glam rock stars Ewan MacGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyer. Toni Colette also appears as the only female character among all these bisexual and gay men. If you’ve ever wondered about Bowie and Jagger, or Bowie and Marc Bolan, check out Velvet Goldmine.
I’ve seen several of the other’s listed such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 9 Dead Gay Guys, and Regular Guys none of which are very memorable to me. I have to revisit The 4th Man at some point in the near future. Gunn’s final entry is The Walker starring Woody Harrelson with one of my favorite German actors, Moritz Bleibtreu playing his lover. I’ve heard nothing about this film over the years, so I’m now throwing it into my must-see list on Netflix.
Very nice research. Read the entire article here.
(hat tip to Uncle Barb)