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a short film by Joe Morris.

2019 | 30 mins | UK.

an engrossing depiction of the last days of decadent life in pre-Hitler Berlin.

Dave says:

From writer and director Joe Morris of Junk fame, comes this compelling depiction of those who were willing to stand up for their sexual freedom, in the face of the rising tide of fascism.

For exit stage left Kit Kat Klub singer Sally Bowles and show your appreciation for the new Cabaret star in town, namely Hansi (Hans Piesbergen); an ageing drag-queen who has lived through times that gave hope of gay liberation, only to see those dreams cast aside in the rapidly changing political landscape of Germany, 1933. Warned of what to expect should she perform her crowd-pleasing satire of the Hitler / Hess leadership by her ex partner Ulrich (Simon Eckert); Hansi is faced with the decision of whether to forever hide in the shadows, or confront prejudice by proudly going on stage knowing full well the dire consequences of singing it like it is, when members of the Nazi party come knocking at your door.

In part German / English and intercut with archive footage of the period, including the chilling words of how degeneracy will be eradicated from German life, this short film frankly plays like a feature, vividly capturing the relatively few years before the first concentration camp confirmed the heart-wrenching horrors of the Holocaust in all of its sickening form. Only we're not at that point; just yet. For like an amber light, here the narrative focuses on the alarming change in political views of the time, one in which parallels can so easily be made to the "do as I say, not do as I do" leaders of today who in a frightening case of history repeating, are seemingly only too willing to put into law a series of restrictions on our human rights and freedoms.

Piesbergen is simply outstanding in the role of Hansi / Hans Stürm aka "Miss Eldorado", namely the renowned artiste of Berlin's most famous pre-WW2 club for all members of the sexual rainbow. What became of Stürm, sadly remains unknown. But here Morris offers an interpretation that all too poignantly illustrates how the young man she fell in love with, is no longer the open-minded youth she once knew. All of which makes for an engrossing depiction of the last days of decadent life in pre-Hitler Berlin and of a man who realizes that to save others, he must be willing to make the Ultimate Sacrifice. Simply captivating.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› posted: Thursday, 23rd December, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4+ stars. 

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