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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 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 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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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

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As well as Matt Smith who played the Eleventh Doctor in "Doctor Who", this film featured two people who had parts in that series. Linsday Duncan (Kathleen Isherwood) played Adelaide Brooke in "The Waters of Mars" (2009) alongside David Tennant's Doctor, and Toby Jones (Gerald Hamilton) played the Dream Lord in "Amy's Choice" (2010) alongside Matt Smith. See more »

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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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Very Poor Performance by Matt Smith
19 March 2011 | by matt-488See all my reviews

An otherwise brilliant idea was ruined by Matt Smith's performance. This actor had just done a few 'bit' parts in UK drama until he was cast to play BBC's 'Dr Who'.

His abilities are fine for light entertainment - but it doesn't make him a good actor.

He was clearly chosen to play this role purely because of his 'Dr Who' connection - not for the merit of his potential performance. Having him attached no doubt gave Mammoth the green light they needed from the BBC.

He brought nothing to the role of Christopher Isherwood - a rich, complex and intriguing man who was a seminal and critical voice of Nazi Germany in the run up to WWII. Matt Smith was unable to cope with such a demanding character and brought nothing to the part. A really lacking performance. He was also completely 'out acted' by his fellow cast - each and every one of them.

Get back to the Tardis, Mr Smith and leave the proper acting to the decent actors out there. You ruined a potentially brilliant piece of drama.


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