|Directed by||Sean Mathias|
|Produced by||Michael Solinger
|Written by||Martin Sherman
(play & screenplay)
Brian Webber II
|Music by||Phillip Glass|
|Editing by||Isabelle Lorente|
|Release date(s)||11 / 26 / 1997|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Bent is a 1997 film directed by Sean Mathias based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of Sturmabteilung leader Ernst Röhm.
Max (Clive Owen), a promiscuous gay man in 1930s Berlin, is at odds with his wealthy family because of his homosexuality. One evening, much to the resentment of his boyfriend Rudy (Brian Webber II), he brings home a handsome Sturmabteilung man. Unfortunately, Hitler has just decided to get rid of the Sturmabteilung corps, which was infamous for same-sex inclinations among its ranks. The Sturmabteilung man is discovered and killed by SS men in Max and Rudy's apartment, and the two have to flee Berlin .
Max's uncle Freddie (Ian McKellen) has organized new papers for Max, but Max refuses to leave his friend behind. As a result, Max and Rudy are found and arrested by the Gestapo and put on a train headed for Dachau.
On the train, Rudy is brutally beaten by the guards and, as he calls out to Max when he is taken away. Max lies to the guards, denying he is gay. He believes his chances for survival in the camp will be better if he is not assigned the pink triangle. Instead he accepts the yellow star.
In the camp, Max befriends Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), who shows him the dignity that lies in acknowledging what one believes in. After Horst dies (when a guard orders him to the electric fence), Max is ordered to bury him. When the guards have left, Max puts on Horst's jacket with the pink triangle and commits suicide by grabbing the fence as well.