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Naked Civil Servant-1975

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The Naked Civil Servant created a furor in 1975 when it premiered on PBS in North America with viewers threatening to yank their support of their local stations. It was a film ahead of its time about a man even more ahead of his time. The Naked Civil Servant is based on the autobiography of Quentin Crisp, a man struggling to live an openly flamboyant, gay lifestyle during a time when homosexuality was against the law in Britain. His outlandish behavior shocked the intolerant pre-WWII British society and provoked frequent homophobic attacks, but Crisp staunchly refused to compromise his lifestyle and went on to become a cult celebrity and an international gay icon, a 20th-Century Oscar Wilde. This colorful, heartwarming coming of age tale is by turns funny and tragic.


Studio Warner
SKU 204172339
UPC 794051290823
UPC 14 00794051290823
Format DVD
Release Date 5/29/2007
Rating NR
Name Hurt,John
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Cast & Crew
Allan Cameron - Production Designer
Barry Hanson - Producer
Carl Davis - Original Music By
Jack Gold - Director
John Hurt - Actor
Liz Gebhardt - Actor
Mike Fash - Cinematographer
Mike Taylor - Editor
Patricia Hodge - Actor
Philip Mackie - Screenplay
Quentin Crisp - Based On Autobiography By
Stanley Lebor - Actor
Verity Lambert - Executive Producer
Winner (1976) British Academy Awards, John Hurt, BAFTA TV Award - Best Actor
Nominee (1976) British Academy Awards, Jack Gold, BAFTA TV Award - Best Single Play
ReviewSource Michael D's DVD Info Page
Review "Even a monotonously undeviating path of self-examination does not necessarily lead to a mountain of self-knowledge. I stumble toward my grave confused and hurt and hungry..."...Thus ends Quentin Crisp's unflinching autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, published in 1968. As Crisp himself said, "An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing," and, as it was to transpire, that last instalment was still many years away - 31 long and eventful years in fact. His life has inspired several theatrical productions, a good deal of newsprint, and even the song, "Englishman in New York" by Sting...This is a fascinating little film which shows some of the features of the first 60 years in Crisp's life. It is made in a somewhat detached manner, probably reflecting the theatrical but strangely secretive manner of the subject himself. Hurt's characterisation is superb. A very interesting film.
Reviewer Mirella Roche-Parker
ReviewRating 8
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Hurt,John
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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