I completely forgot what a terrific film Philadelphia is. This is one of my favorite performances by Denzel Washington. I adore Denzel Washington. I adore Tom Hanks too. They make a great pair.
I've only realized recently how little I know about HIV/AIDS and its history. The closest thing I got was a horrific rumor that revolved around a man, an ape and beastiality. Thankfully I never bought into such a ridiculously awful lie as a child. But I still know so little.
As for Philadelphia, it's a wonderful classic that I think gets overshadowed a lot. Especially by its director, Jonathan Demme's horror masterpiece, The Silence of the Lambs. There aren't a lot of mainstream films about HIV/AIDS. When mainstream films bring it up, it's not for very long. And more often than not, the story revolves around white men. Personally I'd like to see a story about a woman of any color with HIV/AIDS and how she manages it. There is Precious but as I mentioned it's brief. Powerful. But brief. I bet a story of a trans man or woman would make a hell of a story. BTW, Dallas Buyers Club and Rent don't count since the characters are supporting, not main. That's at least how I see it.
Until then I'll keep watching Philadelphia. It's a beautiful, tragic, and incredible story about fighting discrimination and overcoming bigotry. It also has the best character development in Washington's character, Joe Miller. This was a film made with love. Both Demme and the screenwriter, Ron Nyswaner made this film for the ones they love that were affected by AIDS. It's a film that wanted to break barriers and I think it was a great start. #philadelphia #cinephile #tomhanks #denzelwashington #ronnyswaner #cinema #films #filmlover #cinemalover #aids #hiv #hivaids #jonathandemme #classic #lgbtfilms #lgbtqfilms #equality #discrimination #classichollywood #hollywood #aidsdiscrimination