Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk’s career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco’s growing gay community, and organizes gays’ purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city’s conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk’s relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. –IMDb
A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls, homicidal teens, and troubled geniuses.
The son of a traveling salesman, Van Sant was born in Louisville, KY, on July 24, 1952. One constant in the director’s early years was his interest in painting and Super-8 filmmaking. Van Sant’s artistic leanings took him to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where introduction to Avant-Garde cinema quickly inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema. After mobving to LA, Van Sant became fascinated by the existence of the marginalized section of L.A.‘s population, especially in context with the more ordinary prosperous world that surrounded them… read more
Bello davvero. Con molto in comune ai progetti più piccoli e indipendenti di Van Sant, Milk è quasi un tributo alle figure emarginate e disorientate degli altri film del regista, a quei "noi", come dice Sean Penn nel finale, che hanno bisogno di speranza. Ha il grande pregio di non essere retorico, e gode della partecipazione di uno Sean Penn meraviglioso.
"Milk"?! "Saint Harvey" would be more fitting... Sean Penn is great, sure, but can only make this barely watchable since James Franco is just passable and Diego Luna a plain non-entity. Oh, and since the subject is daring (well, at least for an Oscar nominee), I guess it doesn't matter that this is such a run-of-the-mill biopic...
As Milk got going I thought it was moving a bit too fast. The whole of Harvey’s pre-activist life was condensed into about 30 minutes which I felt didn’t give enough context to his transition… read review
Harvey Milk was the first openly homosexual man elected to notable public office in America. Is it any coincidence that he was assassinated after one year? The jury that prosecuted Dan White, Milk’s… read review
Un biopic appliqué mais profond – 19/08/2009
Oui Plume, ce biopic est relevé par la mise en scène de Gus Van Sant (aérienne, mais moins formelle et déconcertante que d’habitude) et l’interprétation… read review