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      The Naked Civil Servant

      TV-14 1975 1h 20m Biography List
      Reviews 92% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Quentin Crisp makes the bold choice of exhibiting his homosexuality in the highly conservative environment of England in the 1930s and 1940s. What's more, he adopts a self-consciously flamboyant and theatrical persona destined to attract negative attention, although he navigates the streets of London with caution as he comes of age against a backdrop of homophobia. But when he is confronted with criminal charges, he must decide how willing he is to defend his lifestyle. Read More Read Less

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      Kate Muir Times (UK) Thanks to Hurt's extraordinary performance -- soft-skinned, red-lipped and determined to fight politely for his rights -- it still seems relevant and not just an exercise in nostalgia. Rated: 4/5 Jun 8, 2017 Full Review Bebe Scarpie Drag There is something in The Naked Civil Servant for everyone. May 12, 2022 Full Review Charles Faber Los Angeles Free Press It is well that Hurt's performance is preserved on film, for it is an extraordinary achievement. Oct 23, 2019 Full Review Alistair Ryder Gay Essential The Naked Civil Servant is camp and unabashedly so - but it has far more going on beneath the surface, and helped usher in more nuanced portrayals of LGBT people and culture in the years to come. Oct 8, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Hurt is incredible here, a performance that captures the big persona of Crisp along with a deep, quiet melancholy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review robert p John Hurt plays a gay man in early 70's and enjoys a lot of men from all walks of life in this autobiography of a famous man - The Naked Civil Servant!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review isla s This is a perhaps somewhat comical film but of course its also very serious, in terms of the treatment of obviously gay people in the time period covered (the 1950s-1970s I assume). Some of the dialogue I found amusing, some I found quite moving and seeing things from the main characters point of view certainly did help me to imagine what it must have been like for those affected by the clearly prejudiced laws of the land at the time. This film does well at humanising such a person, giving an insight into their thoughts at times, how they deal with the situations they find themselves in, including being assaulted by people on the street. It can't be denied that it takes a certain amount of strong will and defiance to not hide away your sexuality during a time of such homophobia. I thought this film is a good piece of social history, although it (inevitably and somewhat importantly) contains some language which would nowadays be regarded as offensive but generally its worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review martin n Let people live the lives they want! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member a tour de force performance from John Hurt and well made production all round Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on the autobiography of Mr. Quentin Crisp, this TV Serial/ film was originally broadcast in 1975 - is still a trailblazing piece of television. Definitely worth a watch, although not for the easily offended. Awe inspiring performance by John Hurt Superb acting. Highly recommended. 5 stars without a doubt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Quentin Crisp makes the bold choice of exhibiting his homosexuality in the highly conservative environment of England in the 1930s and 1940s. What's more, he adopts a self-consciously flamboyant and theatrical persona destined to attract negative attention, although he navigates the streets of London with caution as he comes of age against a backdrop of homophobia. But when he is confronted with criminal charges, he must decide how willing he is to defend his lifestyle.
      Director
      Jack Gold
      Producer
      Verity Lambert
      Screenwriter
      Philip Mackie
      Production Co
      Thames Television
      Rating
      TV-14
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 29, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 20m