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  (in credits order)
Quentin Crisp ... Himself
Peter Walker ... The Bum
Gilbert Stafford ... Man on Street
Gus Rogerson ... Street Performer
Michaela Murphy ... Street Performer
Felicity Mason ... Herself - Dinner Hostess / Writer

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself - Writer
Guy Kettelhack ... Himself - Writer

John Hurt ... Himself - Actor
Richard Seiburth ... Himself - Professor
Hunter Madson ... Himself - Writer

Sting ... Himself - Singer

Michael Musto ... Himself - Gossip Columnist

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself - Talk Show Host (archive footage) (as Sally Jesse Raphael)
Shi Ringer ... Herself - Gay Activist
Tom Steele ... Himself - Publisher
Al Goldstein ... Himself - Pornographer
Lenny Dean ... Himself - Cabaret Performer

Robert Patrick ... Himself - Playwright
Penny Arcade ... Herself - Performance Artist
Patrick Angus ... Himself - Painter
Paul Bridgewater ... Himself - Gallery Owner
Orshi Drozdick ... Himself - Sculptor
Emile de Antonio ... Himself - Filmmaker
David McDermott ... Himself - Painter
Peter McGough ... Himself - Painter
Trey Spiegel ... Himself - Painters' Friend
Franco the Great ... Himself - Painter

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself - Performer / Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Hanlon ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

Directed by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Produced by
Chantal Bernheim .... associate producer
Jonathan Nossiter .... producer
Stephen J. Ross .... line producer
Dean Silvers .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Foster  (as John R. Foster)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Production Management
Mary Sansevero .... production manager
Sound Department
John Purcell .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Prinzi .... additional photographer
Oren Rudavsky .... photography: second unit
Editorial Department
Ron Hershey .... associate editor
Other crew
Peter Barossi .... production assistant
Effie Samios .... production coordinator

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The word "fuck" is used 20 times in the film, but only in a rap song played on the soundtrack called "Fuck Martinez"See more »
Quentin Crisp:I'm a sad person's idea of a gay person.See more »
Movie Connections:
References K-9 (1989)See more »
Fuck MartinezSee more »


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Great subject, messy execution, 2 June 2009
Author: kosmasp

I went into the Berlinale Screening this year, without any prior knowledge of what the movie was about (or better of whom it was about). I didn't even know it was a documentary. Both things will be made pretty clear after the first minutes. And although some might feel appalled by the main protagonist here (or his sexuality), no one can say that this guy (woman?) wasn't entertaining.

When Bruce Springsteen dedicates a song to you, "An Englishman in New York", which is a fact that I also didn't know, before watching this film, then there must be something about you. As charismatic as he/she may be and counting the fact, that you won't be offended (although I can say, that I'm glad that there isn't anything too offensive shown in this documentary, which is a nice thing), there are still quite a few flaws.

The pacing is one thing, which also leads to the editing. Quite some scenes, get repeated, a few things/scenes seem redundant and look like their only purpose is to fill time, this character study, could be much better. Especially if you consider the fact, how controversial this "drag queen" once was ... Not a bad documentary, but a missed opportunity then

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