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3.5
46 Ratings

Nighthawks

Directed by Ron Peck
United Kingdom, 1978
Drama, Romance, LGBT+

Synopsis

A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

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Nighthawks Directed by Ron Peck

Critics reviews

We are fully immersed in Jim’s nighttime rituals; the camera often assumes his point of view, his desirous looks either reciprocated or ignored. The thrill and the tedium of his evenings out are equally highlighted; the ecstasy of sleeping with someone new is followed by the dispiriting morning-after small talk, with Jim asking the bulk of the questions while kindly driving his tricks—most of whom are nonprofessional actors, as are the bars’ denizen—to the nearest Tube station.
April 22, 2015
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In what’s now regarded as the first British film to paint an empathetic portrait of gay life in 70s, Peck shoots with a documentarian’s eye scenes of both communal empowerment and isolation. The film’s formal language (reverse shots, continuity editing, et cetera) betrays its fiction roots, but its sense of intimacy and of-the-moment milieu make it one of queer cinema’s most evocative documents.
April 22, 2015
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