Milk Movie Essay

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The movie, Milk, was released in 2008 and directed by Gus Van Sant. It’s the story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and later on became the first openly gay elected official in California. The movie revolves around the 1970s and about Harvey Milk, a New Yorker who’s gay. Him and his then-lover, Scott Smith move to San Francisco, where he wants to start afresh with new goals. They open up a camera shop on Castro Street where all the gay men get together. Milk turns Castro Street into a hub for gay people across the city and makes many new friends. Milk then decides that he can be a more effective voice for the gay community as a politician, so he runs in the elections, but loses. On his third attempt, Milk manages to win for San Francisco’s supervisor seat and becomes the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected for public office. Milk faces many challenges while in this position but he never gave up. One of his main opposition was Dan White, a member of the board, and they never got along too well. Once White decides to resign, he regrets it and asks to get his seat back, but after being refused by the mayor, he kills him. White also assassinates Harvey Milk.…show more content…
It justified what had happened in real life to Harvey Milk and the LGBTQ community in that time. Everyone working on this film spent a lot of time researching and planning for it. The team of the film made sure that the character who’s playing Harvey Milk justified him in real life. They travelled to all the places attached to Harvey Milk like San Francisco and revisited Castro Street and made sure it looks like the 1970s for the making of the film. The screenplay covered all the important events in the life of Harvey Milk, from when he was a gay activist to until his assassination. The film was beautifully made and connected to the audience very

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