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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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 Breakfast: Episode dated 18 March 2011 (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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Christopher and His Kind is an uplifting movie

Christopher and His Kind is not a heartfelt, moving film about homophobia and homosexuals being persecuted by the Nazis. However, it is a movie about a gay writer who travels to a war- torn Berlin all for the sake of boys. The main character, Christopher, goes to Berlin in search for freedom (and gay, gay sex) from his safe hometown of London giving up being a doctor in return for sexual freedom and promiscuity.

Is it vain, you may ask. Yes. Is it reckless? Completely. Is it completely stupid considering there's a war going on in Berlin? Of course. And does Christopher completely ignore this and go on crusading and falling in love? Yep. To understand this movie you must first understand Isherwood, there is a reason why they chose Matt Smith and not bloody Johnny Depp. You should watch this movie and see for yourself, it's humor and optimism set on a backdrop of war and genocide. If you want a poignant, moving story on homosexuality in the midst of the Nazis, go watch something else. This is a lighthearted look into Christoph Isherwood's mind and motives, a biography, not a history book.

TL;DR: It's funny, it's gay, it's insightful and inspiring. It's not heartfelt, moving or depressing, but it is kind of incredible.


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