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Christopher and his kind in the BBC

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1jmx
Mar 13, 2011, 5:41pm Top

2riaanw
Mar 26, 2011, 6:53am Top

What did you think of it? I found it a tad boring and unfocused, and Matt Smith reminded me too much of Dr Who in a gay Berlin. I guess that is the danger of being in a high-profile role and then starring in something completely different at the same time. Still, Christopher and His Kind had its moments, including plenty of eye candy.

3jmx
Mar 28, 2011, 3:26pm Top

I live in Portugal. Didn't watch it yet.

4Rood
Mar 30, 2011, 10:06pm Top

The book of course ... Christopher and His Kind, is far ranging, going from England to Germany, through all parts of Europe ... from Denmark and Holland to Greece, etc, then, finally, around the world by ship, via the Suez Canal, through China, Japan, and on to Vancouver, Canada, where they continued by train. Entering the United States at Portal, ND, Isherwood and Auden continued on to Chicago and to New York City, before returning to London.

Having seen only the several trailers to the TV production, I'd guess the film concentrates only on events during their sojourn in Germany, surely the most dramatic of their journeys, but hardly the whole story. And yet, I can't wait to see the film. When will it arrive in the USA?

5riaanw
Mar 31, 2011, 5:57am Top

Touchstone for the book: Christopher and His Kind

Rood: It is a made-for-TV movie produced by the BBC, so I think you'd have to wait for it to come on whichever BBC channels you can pick up where you are in the US.

6thorold
Mar 31, 2011, 7:15am Top

It looked to me as though they got rather hung up on "exposing" the way Cabaret distorted the story and on revealing that Isherwood went to Berlin to look for boys. Not exactly sensational news to anyone who's read the book.

And it was a terribly cheap production - I don't think they even went to Berlin to film. Some rather generic street shots with a dummy tramcar (lorry wheels visible under the plywood) merged with 30s newsreels; an obviously English steam train arriving in an obviously English station called "Berlin". For the rest it was all interiors pretending to be either London or Los Angeles - they didn't bother with the Amsterdam or Sintra bits, or any of the other journeys.

7innersmile
Mar 31, 2011, 8:42am Top

Já leste o livro? Eu não, apesar de gostar imenso do C. Isherwood.

8jmx
Mar 31, 2011, 1:46pm Top

Já li há uns bons anos atrás e gostei! Recentemente, depois de reler A Single Man, fiquei com vontade de reler Christopher and His Kind. Que tal achaste o Single Man (filme e/ou livro)?

9innersmile
Apr 1, 2011, 8:47am Top

Gostei bastante do filme, se bem que me tenha sentido um pouco esmagado com o peso de tanta beleza. Claro que cheguei a casa e reli o livro. já o tinha lido há décadas e não me lembrava nada, nomeadamente de como era bom! além desse, só li mais do CI o primeiro volume dos diários, um calhamaço.

estou a ver o filme da bbc adaptado do C. and his kind. tem aquele ar de produção inglesa, mas ainda vou a meio, muito cedo para ter opiniões.

aproveito para dizer que não consegui responder à mensagem que deixaste no perfil, mas acho óptima a ideia de trocarmos ideias acerca de livros de temática gay.
abraço, miguel

10jmx
Apr 1, 2011, 12:46pm Top

miguel, como arranjaste a série da bbc? (que inveja... lol)

11innersmile
Apr 1, 2011, 6:48pm Top

mandam-me um endereço de mail para liesandjest@gmail.com e eu mando-te o endereço do sitio onde o podes 'arranjar' :)

12Rood
Jun 22, 2013, 12:11am Top

Fortunately for me a friend eventually gifted me a copy of the film ... Christopher and His Kind ... which does whittle the story down to Berlin with a few scenes in England with mother and brother, and, briefly, with Jean Ross. Apparently much of the location shots were filmed in Ireland. but the film was fascinating, nonetheless. When Isherwood and Auden trained through depression and dust-bowl era North Dakota on their way from Vancouver to New York ... they passed barely one block from where I was lying, quietly, in my mother's womb, and so it became almost inevitable, I suppose, for James (Paper Chase, Urban Cowboy) Bridges and Jack Larson (The Adventures of Superman) to offer to introduce me to Isherwood in mid-70's Los Angeles. Surely the patterns of one's life are wondrous to behold.

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