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Films in the Night TEKST:

Rock Hudson is the cover star of

the 15th annual Night Film Festival

in Copenhagen

Though the dark winter hours draw to an end

thousands of Danes still prefer the dark and the

indoor for a couple of more weeks. The darkness

of the cinema that is. Going on for it’s 15th

season the annual NatFilmfestival (Night Film

Festival) is one of the most popular happenings

in Copenhagen. With hundreds of movies categorised

in different series the festival presents

fi lms from all over the world for both the picky

cineaste and the regular moviegoer.

Each year the festival selects a cover star that

gets his own chapter in the program. This year’s

cover- and movie star is the American actor Rock

Hudson, who was the incarnation of the all American

sex symbol of the puritan 50s. But behind

the eras crisp surface the dark desires lived their

own secret life. This was best shown through the

subversive melodramas of the director and fi lmmaker

Douglas Sirk, who exposed the shallowness

of the American middleclass, often starring

Hudson in the main act.

But Hudson’s talent also stretched far enough

to play all from noble gunslinger to team up with

Doris Day in some popular romantic comedies.

But behind the macho image the private Hudson

lived out his homosexuality, a well kept secret

from the public, until he as one of the fi rst came

forward to talk about the aids decease just before

it ended his life in 1985 when he was 59 years

old.

Among the retrospective of important Hudson

fi lms selected by the festival is Douglas Sirk’s

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three movies: “Written on the Wind”, “All That

Heaven Allow” and “Magnifi cent Obsession”.

But also George Stevens “Giant”, where Hudson

played opposite James Dean, and Mark Rappenports

untraditional documentary “Rock Hudson’s

Home Movies” is to be seen on the big screen.

The Night Film Festival takes place in cinemas

all around Copenhagen from March the 26th

till April 11th 2004. A full printed program of

the festival is to be found all over town from

the beginning of March and also appear on the

festival’s homepage: www.natfi lm.dk

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