So Quentin Crisp himself tells us in the little intro he does to this depiction of his life story. And "The Naked Civil Servant" is a far cry from being the WORST thing I've ever seen. I stumbled across this movie, and I'm certainly glad I did--it's a real hoot! John Hurt does an excellent job playing Quentin, who learns bit by bit to follow his own dictates and live a gay lifestyle in the 1920s, right up through 1975. Along the way, he collects an off-beat coterie of friends, including Lord Alcohol and The Pole. One of the oddest things about the movie for me is how pretty John Hurt looks--he actually bears a striking resemblance to Sarah Churchill, Fred Astaire's love interest in "Royal Wedding", which I suppose she wouldn't like hearing, but there it is. "The Naked Civil Servant" makes an excellent pitch for toleration of those who lifestyles differ from the mainstream.