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Christopher and His Kind (2011)

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How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

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Geoffrey Sax

Writers:

Christopher Isherwood (based on the book by), Kevin Elyot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... Christopher Isherwood
Imogen Poots ... Jean Ross
Lindsay Duncan ... Kathleen Isherwood
Perry Millward Perry Millward ... Richard Isherwood
Toby Jones ... Gerald Hamilton
Pip Carter Pip Carter ... W. H. Auden
Alexander Dreymon ... Caspar (as Alexander Doetsch)
Faolan Morgan Faolan Morgan ... Pieps
Issy Van Randwyck ... Frl. Thurau
Clare Louise Connolly ... Frl. Schmidt
Maggie Hayes Maggie Hayes ... Frl. Mayr
Iddo Goldberg ... Wilfrid Landauer
Will Kemp ... Bobby Gilbert
Douglas Booth ... Heinz Neddermayer
Gertrude Thoma Gertrude Thoma ... Fr. Neddermayer
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Storyline

In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his housemates include bewigged old queen Gerald Hamilton and would-be actress Jean Ross, who sings tunelessly in a seedy cabaret club. They and others he meets get put into his stories. After a fling with sexy rent boy Caspar, he falls for street sweeper Heinz, paying medical bills for the boy's sickly mother, to the disapproval of her other son, Nazi Gerhardt. With Fascism rapidly rising Christopher returns to London with Heinz but is unable to prevent his return to Germany when his visa expires. Years later Christopher, now a successful writer, returns to Berlin for a final meeting with Heinz, now married with children. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A Seminal Journey of Self-Discovery.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Mammoth Screen See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As well as Matt Smith who played the Eleventh Doctor in "Doctor Who", this film featured two people who had parts in that series. Linsday Duncan (Kathleen Isherwood) played Adelaide Brooke in "The Waters of Mars" (2009) alongside David Tennant's Doctor, and Toby Jones (Gerald Hamilton) played the Dream Lord in "Amy's Choice" (2010) alongside Matt Smith. See more »

Goofs

Landauer mispronounces Adolf Hitler's name. As a native German speaker, only learning English, he wouldn't have done such a mistake. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 March 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Imogen Poots
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Competent...and nothing more
27 June 2011 | by steven-222See all my reviews

This is the BBC at its most disappointing, delivering glossy, glib, entertaining "product" which could have been, should have been, something deeply moving and profound. Acting, writing, directing, and production are all competent...and nothing more.

Matt Smith's performance amounts to one unconvincing pose after another. To play Isherwood, one of the Fox brothers (James or Edward) in his prime would have been ideal. Surely there's a British actor out there who could have made an indelible impression with this part; Smith doesn't have the edge. It's hard not to think of you-know-Who when he does his trademark OTT posturing. There's no depth here.

Deeply disappointing.


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