PG | | Comedy
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
The first Hollywood studio film to explicitly refer to the inclusion of gay men in the groups condemned to the Nazi death camps. The use of fabric patches by the Nazis to identify "undesirables" other than Jews is a historical fact. Pink and red triangles (depending on the region of Europe) were used to identify sexual deviants, predominantly homosexuals.
Are you all right?
Anna Bronski: I'm fine.
Sasha: Then why are you on the floor?
Anna Bronski: The Floor? I'm on the floor? I'm on the FLOOR. Well get me up.
Kinski displays a pink triangle on his lapels when going out, explaining this to be mandatory for gay men. Even though Jews were forced to wear the infamous yellow badge in public in occupied Poland after November 1939, gays were not subject to this practice of public discrimination. Pink badges were used exclusively inside concentration camps.
In the credits at the end, Anne Bancroft's name first appears in parenthesis, until Mel Brooks "waves" them off. This is a reference to a poster in the movie that has Anna Bronski's name in parenthesis.
$1,020,958 (USA) (18 December 1983)
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