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Naked Civil Servant

John Hurt , Liz Gebhardt , Jack Gold    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and funny Oct. 10 2001
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"John Hurt", quoth Quentin Crisp, "is my representative on earth." And so he is. The two men become indistinguishable. I bought this film because I wanted to see John Hurt and didn't really care in whatever character - in fact I was afraid this might be a silly exploitative fairy comedy like "A cage of fools". But then I got captivated, and not only because Hurt makes a really cute fairy (and shows so much skin). The film has a lot of atmosphere, there are many witticisms - my favorite is Quentins reason why he thinks he'd make a good soldier: "Anyone can get killed. Even I can do that." There is so much that is ridiculous and sometimes repulsive, so much that is sad, or funny, or deeply moving like the courtroom scene. In the end the film left me wondering why a man must suffer so much for simply being different, when his being different hurts no one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the "A" list Oct. 23 2003
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This film was an excellant mix of outstanding acting, fantastic script and overall an uplifting story. I totally enjoyed the film and could not even start to tell you why without a mile long list. I would strongly suggest that you buy it and you will understand. This is an excellant investment. The truth is even better than fiction and I now have a new found understanding and respect for Q. Crisp. One of the strongest persons, that I know of in the past 100 years. Be inspired!! Be grateful for the times we live in. A tool to help find pride in the victories of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE June 18 2000
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This British production is nothing short of brilliant! John Hurt (always superlative), in what may be his very best, and most memorable delivery so far, as England's most contrevertial homosexual. Get it when rerelease, and hope for an arrival on a DVD format...
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