The circle

The circle

DVD - 2015 | German
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Zurich: 1958. A bashful teacher and a German cabaret artist get to know one another in the Swiss underground organization called "Der Kreis". As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organization for gay emancipation. Features a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats.
Publisher: New Almaden, CA :, Wolfe,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781935423904
Branch Call Number: WLAN GER DVD MOVIE CIR
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
1 videodisc (102 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Alternative Title: Original title: Kreis


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Dec 12, 2015

A fine docudrama portraying the lives of 2 gay men who meet in WW II era Switzerland. Even though homosexuality was not outlawed in the country, persecution in the form of police raids at gathering places and resulting public shaming still occurred. One of the protagonists was a young teacher at a girl's school and would have lost his career had he been rounded up by the police. Great to see these 2 men living together as a married couple all these years later.

Jul 31, 2015

Thought this a very good film: well worth the time: mix of documentary/recreation works. The actors are cute and play very well off each other. Also an interesting addition to gay history and beating by some 20 years US gay liberation: magazines, clubs, and gay balls. But then the Swiss never criminalized gay sex. In spite of this it seems, a horrible witch hunt took place there in the 1950s, with very sad consequences. Highly Recommended.

May 12, 2015

Der Kreis, or The Circle, provides a place of acceptance for gay men in 1950s Zurich. the leader seems to have a working relationship with the police as they keep a low profile until some murders within this gay community provide the police with an excuse to begin a campaign of harassment and repression resulting in the demise of The Circle.
the two main characters are portrayed dramatically in the past and in a documentary in the present, where so many years after they meet in The Circle, they are able to publicly declare their relationship by being the first gay couple to marry in Switzerland.

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