An Englishman in New York2009
An Englishman in New York (2009)
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as Quentin Crisp
as Penny Arcade
as Phillip Steele
as Connie Clausen
as Patrick Angus
as Larry Speakes
as Immigration Officer
as Talk Show Host
as Party Host
Critic Reviews for An Englishman in New York
Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages.
It deserves to be seen for another of Hurt's exquisitely observed performances.
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Hurt returned to a role which, more than any other, crystallised his instinctive understanding for society's outsiders.
As a raconteur he had his moments but you could only listen to so many cod Confucian aphorisms about life, love and death ("Beauty is in the eye of the possessor"; "Every day you live is a kind of triumph" etc) without wanting to punch someone yourself.
Hurt is so comfortable as Crisp, that he exceeds even the real Quentin Crisp in charm and clueless vulnerability. Hurt adds irony to a scene about gay cloning, because in a sense, we prefer Hurt to the original.
Audience Reviews for An Englishman in New York
What's so eerie (and you can see this is Resident Alien when they chat with each other) is that by this film, John Hurt has gotten better at playing Quentin Crisp that Quentin Crisp, as Crisp himself predicted at the very beginning of The Naked Civil Servant film. This entry does feel more like a made--for-tv-movie whereas I didn't know the first film was anything other than a typical low budget, British-shot, limited release film until they told me so in THIS flick! This one is less literary and more borrowed speeches and autobiographical tidbits, which is okay if you like simmering in exaggerated Crispness. Even though much trauma still happens, this is still the "warm and fuzzy" entry, whereas the first one was very cold and hard. And sadly did not qualify for the "Hot Gay Sex' list.
Not nearly as interesting as the Naked Civil Servant but John Hurt's performance is even better and it is a must see for him.
An Englishman in New York Quotes
|Quentin Crisp:||Persistence is your greatest weapon. It is in the nature of barriers that they fall. Do not seek to become like your opponents. You have the burden and the great joy of being outsiders. Every day you live as a kind of triumph. This you should cling onto. You should make no effort to try and join society. Stay right where you are. Give your name and serial number and wait for society to form itself around you. Because it will most certainly will. Neither look forward where there is doubt nor backward where this is regret. Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside that you want but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.|