Victim (BFI Film Classics) by John Coldstream

By John Coldstream

From Amazon: "Victim (1961) was once a landmark movie, not just for Dirk Bogarde in taking up the position of the title’s sufferer - the gay barrister who takes at the blackmailers who prey on homosexual males - but in addition within the own lives of many that went to determine the movie. Its message concerning the desire for society to take away, via decriminalization, a method of persecuting a particular minority was once one with which Bogarde pointed out totally, yet may possibly, for noticeable purposes, champion in simple terms via a piece of fiction. James Mason and Jack Hawkins had grew to become down the function; Bogarde, with extra to lose than both of them, seized it with savor. released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s unencumber, John Coldstream’s insightful examine addresses the film’s significance within the crusade to decriminalize homosexuality; the contribution of its stars Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms to its emotional influence; and the danger Bogarde took in taking up the valuable role."

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The latter were the original longbowmen, who made English armies so feared in the 14th and 15th centuries. WELSH SOLDIERS WERE 31 FIGHTING TECHNIQUES OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD Almogavar Light Infantryman The mountainous regions of Iberia produced a type of light javelinman capable of swift raids and withdrawals and also offighting in the battle line. Armed 4- with javelins and a knife-like ~ butcher's cleaver, an almogavar could take on any infantry of his era. Recruited as mercenaries for the Byzantine Empire in 1302, within afew years they had carved out a state for themselves based on Athens.

In 1513,at the Battle of the Spurs near Calais, Henry VIII was able to defeat Francis I of France by the use of flanking archers, much as his namesake had done a century earlier. The English System was superseded not because it was inefficient, but because as gunpowder 1385. This extremely rare· archaeological example of a medieval battlefield is found in southern Portugal. The plan shows the left flank of an entrenched English position, with a ditch encircling a church as a strongpoint. The fan-shaped field ofpotholes was designed to protect the longbowmen and bring down enemy knights foolhardy enough to charge them.

Bannock Burn's outcome had shown that it was difficult to combine missile infantry with cavalry charges if the enemy acted aggressively. A series of encounters showed how the system was perfected. The first occasion was against the Scots in 1332. Claimant to the throne, Edward Baliol, leading a few hundred exiles, landed near Perth, where they were attacked by a much larger Scottish force. They defended a natural defile with archers on the flanks and their men-at-arms at the end, with a small force of cavalry in reserve.

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