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The Naked Civil Servant (1975)

The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

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Liz Gebhardt ...
Art Student
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Ballet Teacher
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Mr. Pole
Katherine Schofield ...
Mrs. Pole (as Katharine Schofield)
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Stephen Johnstone ...
Antonia Pemberton ...
Mrs. Longhurst
Lloyd Lamble ...
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Mrs. Crisp
Frank Forsyth ...
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Norma
Ron Pember ...
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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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17 December 1975 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Just before transmission, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) censored a line by Quentin Crisp: "Sexual intercourse is a poor substitute for masturbation." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) As the 1975 segment begins, the pedestrians Crisp passes on the sidewalk include a woman in a white top and plaid skirt, and then a man in a lavender shirt and yellow pants. When the shot changes to one from Crisp's point of view, the same two pedestrians pass by again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Crisp: Do you intend to spend your entire life admiring yourself?
Quentin Crisp: If I possibly can.
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Connections

Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) See more »

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Any film, even the worst, is better than real life
3 December 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Do you intend to spend your entire life admiring yourself?" "If I possibly can." Oh Quentin, you came and you gave without taking. Unless he was taking the michael, which he did, you know, from time to time, in the most wonderfully poised and self-effacing manner. It's not hard to see why this was voted number 4 in the BFI's TV 100 poll: in two words, John Hurt - giving the Bafta-winning performance of his career as the "stately homo of England", enduring the catcalls, pratfalls and furtive dalliances which were the staples of gay life during the pre-and-and-post War years - virtually another planet compared with today's (allegedly) more tolerant society. The legal alien is terribly missed.


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