Milk: A Pictorial History of Harvey Milk

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This official illustrated companion book features oral histories, archival photographs, behind-the-scenes stills, and the story of the new Focus Features film directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho), starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking) as gay-rights icon Harvey Milk.

His life changed history. His courage changed lives. In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first ...

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2009 Trade paperback New. No dust jacket as issued. 144 p. Contains: Illustrations.

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Overview

This official illustrated companion book features oral histories, archival photographs, behind-the-scenes stills, and the story of the new Focus Features film directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho), starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking) as gay-rights icon Harvey Milk.

His life changed history. His courage changed lives. In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

Part I, "The History," covering Milk's life in New York pre-1973 through his death in San Francisco in 1978, features:
• a brief history of Harvey Milk
• 90 historical photos
• and recollections from Milk's many activist friends in his Castro Street neighborhood, campaigns and eventual victory, Prop 6 protests, the Gay Freedom Day Parade, and Harvey Milk's enduring legacy.

Part II, "The Movie," details the making of the film, and includes:
• commentary by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who was on the set every day
• movie stills, side-by-side with the historical photos they re-create
• and behind-the-scene shots of the real historical characters who consulted on or appeared in the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone
A total triumph! Brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation, and a crying need to stir things up. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure haven't seen it. An American classic.
—Peter Travers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557048288
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: MTI
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black worked on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated television series Big Love as a writer and producer for three seasons. He also wrote screenplays for Pedro, profiling the late AIDS activist and reality television star Pedro Zamora.

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series that includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn, and now The Days of Anna Madrigal. The first three books were made into three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. Maupin’s other books include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He lives in Santa Fe with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

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