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

I might have found somewhere to stay.

- I got talking to this man on the train.

- Little slut.

Apparently his landlady's desperate for a lodger,

something about filling her quota.

I thought there'd be no harm in checking it out.

You're very welcome to stay here, you know.

In fact, I'd very much like it if you did.

I need a room of my own, Wys.

If I start giving lessons,

which I'm going to have to to earn a bit of cash,

and subsidise my writing...

Well, you can't write poetry

with me buzzing about.

Yes, you're right.

So I expect you'll be seeing him again,

this Caspar chappie?

Oh, yes. I hope so.

I have missed you.

I love English gentlemen, Herr Isherwood.

Herr Hamilton such a charming man.

And you a writer! What an honour.

You can write many famous novels here.


Herr Isherwood, this room was made for you.

It's very nice, Frulein Thurau.

Herr Isherwood, you English are so polite.

Well, you English men.

There is an English woman across the hall.

She treats me like a slave.

"Frulein Ross," I tell her, "I was a lady.

I have not always scrubbed floors. "

Forgive me, Herr Isherwood.

That was the lodger before you.

I don't know what he'd eaten

but it won't come out.

Wie schn Sie wieder zu sehen.

Morning, darling.

I have the most perfectly frightful head.

Who is it?



Christopher Isherwood.

It's me, Christopher.

We met on the train.

I've taken the room.



Do forgive me, dear boy.

One has to be so careful nowadays.

Since my release from Brixton, I've um...

...I've rather lost touch with the old country.

- You were in prison?

- Yes.

For expressing anti-British sentiments.

Though how, I ask,

could I be regarded as a traitor,

when I have rivers of Irish blood

simply coursing through my veins?

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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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