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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 ... 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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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.55 (2011) See more »

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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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OK But Too Who
17 January 2013 | by meaninglessbarkSee all my reviews

This is a nicely constructed period piece which is completely watchable but nothing more than what you're probably expecting.(I know little of Isherwood but just from the description of the story I imagined how the film would be and I was exactly right.)

Casting Smith as Isherwood wasn't such a great move, especially if you watch Doctor Who. Smith's performance in this film isn't as manic and heroic as his work in Doctor Who, and his acting here is fine. But he still constantly reminded me of Doctor Who, especially as Doctor Who and Christopher Isherwood wear very similar clothes and have a similar haircut. And since Doctor Who travels in time, seeing him in 1930s England and Berlin seemed entirely appropriate.

So, unfortunately, this film felt a lot like it could have been titled Doctor Who Takes a Gay Holiday. Which makes Christopher and His Kind an ideal film if you're a Doctor Who fan who has always wanted to see the Doctor be as flexible with love and sex as he is with time and space.


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