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.
Did You Know?
The dolphin desk clock that appears in this movie actually belonged to Isherwood while he lived in Berlin. It was lent to the film's production by Don Bachardy
, Isherwood's longtime romantic partner, who visited the set during filming. 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