Christopher and His Kind

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Geoffrey Sax
  2 nominations.
90 min

they'd turf her out in an instant.

I have a feeling - though perhaps

I shouldn't say so myself,

I do have a nose for these things -

you might fit the bill perfectly.

My goodness, yes.

- That's most kind of you but...

- I'll tell her, then, shall I?

Here's my card.

Mr Hamilton.

Oh, Gerald. Please.

And who shall I tell her to expect?


Christopher Isherwood.


So here I am.

Yes, here you are. Good trip?

Fine, thanks.

Those seats are devilish.

I hardly noticed.

I thought we'd drop your case off,

then I'd show you the sights.

Best start as one means to go on.

I decided the Brandenburg Gate could wait.

Don't worry, they won't bite...

unless you want them to.

They're very accommodating

if you have the cash.

It won't break the bank - the exchange rate

is still very much in our favour.

- Pete.

- Hello.

- Guten Abend.

- Guten Abend.

What are you saying?

What was that?

We've been something of a feature.

Well, maybe more of a B-feature. I have

no illusions of the pitfalls of loving a whore.

Are they all on the game?

Most of them. You can't imagine

what a state the economy's in.

They look very well on it.

They like to keep themselves fit.

It's good for business, of course,

and they're shamelessly vain.

The fact that we find them desirable

only proves how masculine they are.

What do you mean, "we"?

They're nearly all rampant heters

and use our money to pay for cunt.

But don't let that put you off.

They're frightfully good at it.

- What name does he go under?

- Caspar.

It's about the only thing I understood.

Perhaps you'd better help me trot out

the odd German phrase,

else I could get myself into the most frightful fix.

Mm, perhaps I better had.

The question is,

will you understand the answers?

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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986) was an English-American novelist. His best-known works include The Berlin Stories (1935–39), two semi-autobiographical novellas inspired by Isherwood's time in Weimar Republic Germany. These enhanced his postwar reputation when they were adapted first into the play I Am a Camera (1951), then the 1955 film of the same name, I am a Camera; much later (1966) into the bravura stage musical Cabaret which was acclaimed on Broadway, and Bob Fosse's inventive re-creation for the film Cabaret (1972). His novel A Single Man was published in 1964 and adapted into the film of the same name in 2009. more…

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