The Naked Civil Servant

The Naked Civil Servant

The Autobiography of Quentin Crisp

DVD - 2007
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Based on Quentin Crisp's autobiography, a man publicly declares his homosexuality at a time when this alternate lifestyle was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain.
Publisher: [England] : BBC Worldwide : BBC Video : Distributed in the USA by Warner Home Video, [2007]
ISBN: 9781419848926
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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jmmason Jan 27, 2012

Here is the original QUEER as folk, 1975 version. Back then not much appeared on television about "the love that dare not speak it's name." Public TV was very courageous in presenting this BBC import about the life of "one of the last of the truly stately homosexuals in England." It was a delight. Back then. Sadly, thirty-five years later, not much has changed. It's still a rare treat to get any TV programming aimed at gay people. After the "Tales of the City" debacle, quite a few years ago, Channel 13 pulled its tail between its legs and is reluctant to even give us 52 weeks of Michael Reidel on Theatre Talk. Try and find In the Life. Thank God for the new, "improved" Sherlock. Wink, wink. With intro by Alan Cumming. Tid bits. Crumbs. Walk-ons. Lily Tomlin guest-appearances. Oh well, we may not have any representations of our lives on TV, but we can have kids and get married. That's progress, right? Quentin later said one of the biggest disappointments of his life was the indifference he received from the gay community after he moved to New York. Let's hope the boys on the "A-List" fare better. This film is a must-see if you want to understand gay history.

Aug 18, 2011

This is indeed one of the finer films to see and it was way ahead of its times when made. Quentin Crisp was a great heart with a brilliant sense of humour and John Hurt captures his being perfectly.
Crisp's ability to turn even the most horrible situation into something a little better and still get his point across--is a reflection of non-violence and passive resistance that we see little of in any time--especially the present. I was delighted to watch it and delighted to see the courage and grace with which this man carried himself. A scathing sense of humour.
Excellent to see.

Mar 31, 2011

Good Movie. John Hurt's Acting is excellent.

Sep 21, 2010

This movie is extremely campy and tongue-in-cheek in its humour. Although Quentin Crisp made himself a lightening rod for the social rage against "sexual perversion", I was aghast at the violent and terrible things that were done to him by "decent" people. I would have cried, but the voice-overs by Quentin throughout the movie served to turn every scene into a lesson about how to be gay and proud! The movie takes notice of the problems of infidelity, divorce, and "any port in a storm" sexuality which seem to populate every time and place. Quentin's crusade is for open acknowledgement of the true state of sexuality in society as a prerequisite for acceptance.


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Sep 21, 2010

The voice-over by Quentin Crisp during the scene in the bar where everyone is celebrating the victorious end of the Second World War:

"Exhibitionism is, indeed, a drug. Hooked in adolescence, I was now taking doses so massive they would have killed a beginner."


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