An Englishman in New York (2009)

An Englishman in New York (2009)
Country: UK
Release Year: 2009
Director: Richard Laxton
Writer: Brian Fillis
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 74 min
Cast:John Hurt, Denis O'Hare
Jonathan Tucker, Swoosie Kurtz
Cynthia Nixon, Silver Bramham
Momentum Pictures
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Following the success of his television biography 'The Naked Civil Servant' Quentin Crisp is invited to America to lecture on How To Be Happy, and falls in love with New York's more permissive ambiance. Agent Connie Clausen enables him to be a 'resident alien', writing film reviews and dispensing words of wisdom. Curious about but impervious to trends, he describes AIDS as a "fad, nothing more", actually to divert heterosexual anger but he is misinterpreted and reviled by many gays. A return to popularity occurs when he helps Patrick Angus, a young, AIDS-afflicted artist attain fame for his paintings and his healthy cynicism is marketed by performance artist Penny Arcade, putting him back in the limelight. Poor health causes him to refuse a lecture tour of England but he gives a triumphant final audience at a gay club in Tampa. A postscript informs that he died at the age of 91.

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