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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A Seminal Journey of Self-Discovery.
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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
Landauer mispronounces Adolf Hitler's name. As a native German speaker, only learning English, he wouldn't have done such a mistake. See more
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Imogen Poots See more