Resident Alien

1990, Documentary, 1h 25m

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This documentary looks at the unconventional life of British writer and actor Quentin Crisp. An outwardly flamboyant gay man, Crisp endured many indignities as a youth in London. Eventually, however, he found recognition as an author and later as a theater performer both in England and across the pond in New York City. Among the famous who appear in the film are Sting and also John Hurt, who famously portrayed Crisp in a TV adaptation of the writer's renowned book "The Naked Civil Servant."

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  • Oct 29, 2009
    Interesting but could have been a lot better.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"Resident Alien" is a documentary about Quentin Crisp(1908-1999), a flamboyant writer and performer who moved to New York City at the age of 73. What he was most famous for is writing an autobiography, "The Naked Civil Servant", his account about being a gay man in England when homosexuality was still illegal there. A movie was made of the book in 1975(which I have yet to see...) which not only helped Crisp's fortunes but also the young actor who portrayed him, John Hurt.(Hurt also appears in the documentary along with Sting, Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein, gossip columnist MIchael Musto and a host of others.)[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Quentin Crisp holds a controversial place in gay rights history. On the one hand, he was a pioneer in that he courageously flaunted himself years before any kind of identifiable movement. Later, his passive attitudes which emanate from an earlier age clashed with the confrontational post-Stonewall generation. And his feminine persona was sometimes seen as being stereotypical.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Afterword: Quentin Crisp had always been a huge fan of the movies so it is ironic that the first time I heard about him was when he was featured in the film "Orlando"(1993) as Queen Elizabeth I. This performance occured after this documentary was filmed.[/font]
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