The Naked Civil Servant

The Naked Civil Servant

UK, 1975, 77 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Activism, Biography / History, Drag, Drama, Gay, Homophobia
Program: World Cinema
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Jack Gold

Flamboyant Quentin Crisp is the indelible thorn in the side of conservative England in this 1975 award-winning film based on Crisp’s autobiography of the same name. The Naked Civil Servant reshaped the modern image of homosexuality and inspired Frameline33’s Opening Night film, An Englishman in New York.

This dramatization of Quentin's first volume of autobiography won BAFTAs for its director Jack Gold and its star. John Hurt gives a dazzling performance as the young Quentin, a flame-haired flamboyant homosexual when such things were not permitted. It contains much of the wit and wisdom of Quentin and celebrates a life lived in a refusal to conform. The highlight is Quentin's impassioned speech from the dock when charged with soliciting for an immoral purpose.

— THE LONDON LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL



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