Christopher and His Kind

Christopher and His Kind

DVD - 2011
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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.

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Froster Nov 29, 2014

A certain "patness" can be forgiven in what is, essentially, a breakthrough project. Isherwood, in his work, insisted upon the very "ordinariness" of queer sexuality, and the fact that the characters' sex lives are only the "leaping off" point for this film exactly catches his spirit. That said, there is a curious kind of "celebrity spotting" that occurs here. "Oh THAT must be Sally Bowles", and "There's Mr. Norris", which is rather distracting. Also, the agenda of the film posits that Isherwood changed from "observer" to "activist" because of his time in Berlin. That is not quite true. Isherwood always remained an observer, but because of his refusal to bow to homophobia, he is remembered and lauded as a true pioneer. As far as Matt Smith is concerned, who seems to be the subject of much criticism on this page, his portrayal is somewhat cold, supercilious, persnickety and self-involved (at least at first). In other words, entirely probable.

rufus_red4 Aug 17, 2013

For anyone wanting to know the basis of the film and musical Cabaret, you'll be interested in this movie. It's a faithful film version of Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin in the early '30's. That being said, you appreciate even more what Bob Fosse did with the characters. Though the film Cabaret isn't the way Isherwood wrote it word for word, it's a genius piece of art nonetheless. This film suffers from casting, the 2 leads cant compare with Liza Minnelli and Michael York, the camera work and production are the bit on the low budget side and the direction is sub standard.

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