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

So you're in business here?

One must have fingers in many pies, dear boy.

Such alarming times we live in.


A young stevedore I encountered in Hamburg.

And what were you doing in Hamburg?

What is one ever doing anywhere?

Passing through, dear boy.

That is our destiny.

Forever passing through.

He does make rather an impression, though.

Well, I um...

I have found, Christopher, down the years,

that I've never been able to relax sexually

with a member of my own class.

That an affair with one's social

and intellectual equal is well-nigh impossible.


I suppose.

You're in the right city, dear boy.

Quite the place to let your hair down

with some eager young prole.

Oh, dear.

Is it crooked?

Just a tiny bit, perhaps.

One must take a little care. We're still illegal.

And should the Nazis come to power,

they'll stamp us out altogether.

What's the current Communist line?

As far as I know,

Lenin said nothing about buggery.

Dearest Heinrich.

He smelt exactly like a fox.


Haven't you gone yet, Ludo?

Do put something on.

You'll frighten the horses.

He's Polish.

He noticed I was staring at his wig

and asked if it was crooked.

"Just a little," I said.

And he straightened it.

- You like, ja?

- Ja, spot on.

- Window.

- Good.



And this?

- Fish.

- No.

What is it?

Big fish?

No, no, this. What is this?


No, it's a clock.

Clock. Ja.

Yes, good. And that's a dolphin.

- Was?

- Never mind.


Frulein Schmidt?


What is that?

Oh, Christoph.

This is how I'd like to die!

Guten Morgen, Herr Hamilton.

Oh... good morning, Frulein Mayr.

Good morning.


- Guten Morgen, Herr Isherwood.

- Guten Morgen, Frulein Thurau.

How sweet love must be.

Tonight, yes?


Morning, darling.

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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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