Mainstream media functions very strongly in our society, as it's sometimes a reflection of a society and on another side it's a catalyst which changes a society. Film and theatre are no doubt powerful tools and with all the media coverage which homosexual are receiving, is also one of the reasons one can find many new gay themed movies coming from Hollywood. Usually movies like these totally personify the stereotype of homosexuality from the society. There are many remarkable movies which have gained massive popularity from the masses. Directly or indirectly there are many messages which are sent about gays. Different stereotypes are found in the industry like a picture of homosexual is generated in gay themed movie mostly in a negative way, while a mainstream movie reveal totally opposite side and put some positive light on it.
Mainstream movies, nowadays, often include minor characters that are gay. With the addition of so many minor, gay characters, endless stereotypes abound in these mainstream movies. Unfortunately, mainstream movies often focus on the negative stereotypes that have already been generated by society, thereby furthering the impact they have on people's views towards gays. The movies focus on surface-level aspects of homosexuals like the way they act, look, and talk. Most often the movies don't delve into the deeper sides of these characters, thereby sending the message that gays are one-dimensional.
Victim (1961) a thriller movie, directed by Basil Dearden is still known as one of the famous homosexual movies of the time. The story is about a successful lawyer Melville Farr (played by Dirk Bogarde); a wedded, secretive homosexual. When his lover dies, a gang of murderers starts blackmailing Farr. Farr, risking his marriage and his flourishing career, decides to find out about the people who were trying to get him. Bogarde's performance is absolute and inscrutable which makes this gripping story emerge as appealing and sharp at the same time. This movie calls for an effort, a pioneer one, by creating an overall sympathy for homosexuals and exposing the English laws that put them in jeopardy which is seen as morally candid, quite amusing and an original thriller. Structurally, it's a slick story revolving around a predatory blackmail ring targets on homosexuals. Addressing to homosexuality in 1960's, the film breaks serious grounds in England and worldwide. In Britain, homosexuality was considered sodomy and had strict laws against it; which were also used by blackmailers to run rampant against the barrister.
While a detective inspector Harris (played by John Barrie) was intelligent and understood that this sodomy law is just another trick for the blackmailers to bluff anyone. The movie is no doubt a future of its time and can be given credit to decriminalizing homosexuality in Britain.
When the movie was released there were a lot of cases of blackmailing involving homosexuals. The character of Bogarde perfectly represents a victim of blackmailing. This movie very intelligently sent a message