Cinema: Schoolboy Sins

Anticlerical Novelist Roger Peyrefitte scandalized postwar France in 1945 with Les Amitiés Particulières, the story of a homosexual love affair between two boys in a Roman Catholic boarding school. As filmed by French Director Jean Delannoy, This Special Friendship turns out to be both poignant and disturbing. Its impact depends not on lubricity—the schoolboy crush at the center of the story is idealistic and unconsummated. It is based on Delannoy's deft projection of the human agony behind the cry of St. Paul: "For the good that I would I do not: but the...

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