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Philadelphia (1993) by Jonathan Demme (REVIEW)

lost108Posted for Everyone to comment on, 5 years ago3 min read

Definitely an old movie, but I think it will never lose its historical significance because it is one of the first documents that testify to the period of the “AIDS epidemic” in America.

It’s not about the epidemic in the correct form of the word, it’s about the fear of the people from the new incurable disease. This is the period when new information about the HIV virus has been reached daily, most of them frightening. It goes as far as homosexuals are the main communicators of the disease due to their immortal lifestyle, and that the virus is transmitted through the air, touch, clothes etc.

Today, these things are banal, but for that time we were afraid and trembling. The same for the value of the movie. Maybe the story did not have any special value as it described daily work.

The main catchers are Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The two young actors approximate the beginnings of their successful career. Andrew Beckett (Hanks) is a successful lawyer working for a major American Bar Association. His employers are overly satisfied with his qualities and decide to give him more insights on his job. But the appearance of scars on his face will shake the soundness of their decision.

Oddenadesh receives a surprise resignation without further explanation. The reasons are more and clear ... Andrew was a homosexual who tried to hide his private life from work. It is also something that can hide it ... but the fact that it is bothered by AIDS as much as it tried to conceal it, over time it was coming out on its surface. Fear of one's own health and the vast level of homophobia among employers is the reason why Andrew was left unemployed. The story includes Joe Miller (Washington) who despite his prejudice decides to help Andrew realize his legitimate right to justice in court.

Do not go too much into the content ... What I want to say is that the filet is greatly accomplished through the image of Joe, Andrew and employers. Andrew is the fear that is undoubtedly one that must be accepted. Employers are the whole frightened people full of prejudice and hatred, and Joe is the one who is not afraid of Andrew, who gives support ... After all, Joe should not represent us from today's point of view, when prejudices against AIDS sufferers are minimal, almost do not exist.


Original review written by me.

  • Rating: 9/10
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