Political/Ideological Issues and Sexuality Issues in the Film Milk
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... In the film Milk, director Gus Van Sant articulates his vision regarding Harvey Milk, who was the gay rights activist in the Seventies.Milk was able to bring about profound change for his fellow homosexuals with his wit, charisma and passion. Along the way, the film uses metaphors for the gay rights movement. Milk himself was a metaphor for the gay rights experience. When we meet Milk, he is talking into a microphone, telling his story. He explains into the microphone that he is afraid that he would be murdered, and there was good reason for this – he had had his life threatened numerous times. His travails are symbolic of the gay rights movement, because he was, in effect, the face of the gay...