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  • The problems he had, encountering violence and the law, were documented in the first film

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      An Englishman in New York is a 2009 television movie which tells the story of the latter years of the great eccentric Quentin Crisp. The title of the drama is taken from the brilliant song by Sting which plays as the final credits are rolling.

      I was looking forward to this being shown over the Christmas period because I had been touched by the story of Quentin Crisp when I watched the first film about him in the 1970s (The Naked Civil Servant) and the


      documentary featuring the real Mr Crisp that followed.

      Also, we have John Hurt who originally played the lead character in that old film.

      John Hurt played the part beautifully again as we see him age into his nineties.

      Hurt’s performance is sensitive and makes Mr Crisp seem very endearing with his profound effeminacy combined with an Oscar Wilde wit.

      In a time when it was illegal to be gay in 1930s London, Mr Crisp refused to live a lie and wore make-up and basically made ...


      • sure everyone knew he was a ‘homosexual’ by his appearance.

        The problems he had, encountering violence and the law, were documented in the first film.

        An Englishman in New York continues the story in his new home, Manhattan, a place where he felt it was mandatory to be a freak and where he could be himself.

        It shows how the gentlemanly and old-fashioned Mr Crisp did not exactly fit in with what gay men had become.

        Gays were now accepted in society but

        he experienced prejudice from the ‘clones’ from the gay clubs whose look was more Village People than foppish, effeminate dandy.

        This film shows how the hero’s crown fell as he did not understand the ‘new gays’ and made the statement that AIDS was a fad, but it shows his rise again and re-launch onto the public.

        John Hurt is so good that he practically becomes Quentin Crisp.

        The witty one-liners are most memorable.

        This is recommended viewing if you are interested in Cristp’s story.




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