Video: A Scene From "Victim"
In the above scene, cited in Roberts' essay, Dirk Bogarde's character professes his desire for his former male lover. As Roberts writes in his essay:
It was Bogarde who penned the scene in which Farr screams in anguish to his wife just why he stopped seeing ‘Boy Barrett’, for one simple reason: ‘Because I wanted him!’ It was the first time such a statement had ever been uttered in any mainstream English-language film.
Tame though it may appear now, the scene was a milestone for its time, particular as the phrase was uttered by one of the most high profile actors of his generation.