12 March 2012

Christopher And His Kind (2011)

imagesChristopher And His Kind (2011)



Director: Geoffrey Sax
Writers: Christopher Isherwood (based on the book by), Kevin Elyot
Country: UK
Genre: Drama
Year: 2011

Stars: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots and Lindsay Duncan



600full-christopher-and-his-kind-screenshot (3)Matt Smith, mladi glumac poznatiji po serijalu "Doctor Who", glumi mladog pisca Christophera  Isherwooda koji želi da pobjegne iz uštogljenog engleskog društva u hedonističkom ali političko nestabilnom Berlinu 30-tih god prošlog vijeka. Iako ne zna ni riječ njemačkog jezika  Isherwood otkriva dekadentnu weimarsku kabaretsku scenu Berlina i postaje opijen gay subkulturom tog grada.  "Za mene, Berlin znači - biti sa muškarcem" oduševljano kaže Christopher, koji nedugo zatim upada u seksualno-emotivnu vezu sa mladim Heinz, kojemu pomogne oko nabavke ljekova za njegovu majku.
Idila se prekida najavom ratnih dešavanja i Christopher pokušava da sa sobom povede i novog ljubav.
Ova BBC-jeva adaptacija Christopherove autobiografske novele u kojoj su glavni aktori obučeni bezprijekorna engleska odjela, prepuna je scena seksa i hedonističkog načina života Berlina.
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Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's 1976 autobiography of the same name Christopher and his Kind accomplishes it's greatest challenge in depicting the events and sights that would eventually inspire 1972's Cabaret, without actually imitating or reiterating the iconic Oscar-winner. BBC2's first-class feature-length dramatisation of Isherwood's formative years brilliantly presents the characters, proceedings, and atmosphere of 'thirties Berlin in embryonic form.

600full-christopher-and-his-kind-screenshot (2)The wonderfully witty screenplay smartly focuses on the Isherwoods' first travels to Berlin in 1931 and 1933, where both the romanticised sexual freedoms and the threat of fascism are seamlessly integrated into this snapshot of the inter-war years. Told retrospectively from an aging Isherwood, the film begins with the barely-published author taking the train to Berlin, at the urging of friend, WH Auden. Wisely, Isherwood is never portrayed as just a writer or observer, only briefly seen at the typewriter, and the film overcomes many of the obstacles in creating dramas based on writers to the extent that the publication of Isherwood's book 'Sally Bowles' remains just a passing reference, and receives little fanfare. Matt Smith is effortlessly perfect in the role of Isherwood displaying the ease with which Isherwood integrates himself into the sexual underground and 'divine decadence' of the club scene.

Christopher and His KindIf it was Smith's hope that this performance would inspire audiences to temporarily forget about his other BBC work then he has surely succeeded. Smith is perfectly accompanied by Toby Jones, as his rough-trade-loving neighbour and an impeccable Lindsey Duncan as his thoroughly British mother. Imogen Poots occupies the most difficult role as the proto-Sally Bowles, Jean Ross, all green fingernails and lousy torch-songs, a gift for any actress. Isherwood leaves Germany when it becomes clear that to stay would be fatal and unsuccessfully attempts to bring his German boyfriend back to Britain. The film closes with a brief post-war reunion between the two former lovers, and the difference between the two is made clear. Heinz, his German lover, is now married with a child and Christopher, as we know, is on the verge of being embraced by a burgeoning gay movement and meeting the man with whom he'll spend the rest of his life.


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