I'm no film critic and while I don't think this is a great film, John Hurt's performance was positively riveting. I could not take my eyes from the screen. His depiction of Crisp is at once maddening and compelling. Crisp is painfully vulnerable, while being the bravest man you've ever seen--a spectacular hero in quasi-drag.
Even making such a film in 1975 had it's challenges, but when you consider Crisp coming out as a flamboyant effeminate homosexual in WWII London, it casts today's marriage equality argument in a whole new light. All the loudmouths with their guns and their bibles are pipsqueaks next to this delicate gay man.
Despite the poor quality, I loved the scene featuring the gays in the coffee shop above, but the entire film captivated me: Crisp's attempt to join the army, the way he ages just like your Aunt Edna, his awkward boyfriends. It's only about an hour and 20 minutes. You can watch the whole movie, including an introduction by Quentin Crisp, here.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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