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1 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
Rupert Everett narrates this harrowing documentary about the persecution of homosexuals in the Third Reich, which adds a deeper dimension to Holocaust history. Using an obscure paragraph in Germany's penal code dating back to 1871, the Nazi government arrested gay men, sending them to jail or concentration camps, where they were tortured and murdered. Interviews with aging survivors detail the shift from the social freedoms of the Weimar Republic to the repressive terror imposed by the Nazis.

Cast: Rupert Everett

Directors: Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Films Transit International [ca/nl/us], New Yorker Films

Paragraph 175 (2000)

Release Date: September 15th, 2000|1 hr. 16 min.

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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An exquisite and powerful documentary -- one whose elegance only heightens its devastating impact. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's astonishing, and moving. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Explores the comparatively enlightened Berlin culture that had allowed homosexuality to flourish in intellectual and social circles before the Nazis forcibly changed the national mind-set. show more

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