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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.

Director:

Geoffrey Sax

Writers:

Christopher Isherwood (based on the book by), Kevin Elyot
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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 ... W. H. Auden
Alexander Dreymon ... Caspar (as Alexander Doetsch)
Faolan Morgan Faolan Morgan ... Pieps
Issy van Randwyck ... Frl. Thurau (as Issy Van Randwyck)
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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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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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 »

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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 »

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I Don't Know to Whom I Belong
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Performed by Imogen Poots
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15 September 2011 | by cllrdr-1See all my reviews

"Christopher and His Kind" was Christopher Isherwood's way of correcting what he glossed over in "The Berlin Stories" and this film version corrects the exceedingly glossy glosses of "Cabaret." The real Jean Ross (nicely played by Imogene Poots) was no Liza Minnelli. Likewise Matt Smith is no Michael York. He's simpler more direct "Herr Issyvoo," and his love affair with Heinz Douglas Booth) is recounted with great affection. It's hard for gay people today to imagine just how loose and louche things were in Berlin just before Hitler came to power. But Isherwood was there and what he recounts speaks volumes about art, politics and the beating heart of same-sex love.


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UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 March 2011 (UK) See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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