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.
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Did You Know?
Because Matt Smith
filmed this (BBC) movie during his break from playing the lead character in the BBC's hit television series "Doctor Who," the BBC gave Geoffrey Sax
, this movie's director, strict instructions that Smith was never allowed to be shown nude. In a newspaper interview, Sax said, "They told me I must not show Doctor Who's bare bottom. They were quite firm about that, even though Matt was playing an entirely different character. They have invested a lot in him as the 11th Doctor and were due to make a second series with him, so they were obviously anxious to protect their property." See more
Jean Ross is depicted as enjoying the Sally Bowles character, even carrying a copy of Isherwood's 1937 novella everywhere. In reality, Ross disliked the character and being associated with her. See more
I Don't Know to Whom I Belong
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