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5.0 out of 5 stars Further Tales Of A Gentle Man, 3 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: An Englishman in New York [2009] [DVD] (DVD)
I am curious as to what may have brought you here?

I am hoping your motivation may include
at least one kind thought for the subject
(and hero) of this very fine film.

Mr Crisp is a conundrum.
I have read many accounts of meetings with the
man but few that have come even remotely close
to approximating what it was like to know him.

That he put his foot in it on more than one
occasion (AIDS and Princess Dianna to name
but two) is, of course, well known.
That he fully understood the import that his
statements might have made is less clear.

It seems, to me, possible that some form of
high-functioning autism might account for many
aspects of his elusive persona. The repetitive
sterotypy of his stories; his monotonous diction;
the lack of ability to consider the impact that his
views might have on the feelings of others and his
uncompromising eccentricity are all strong indicators
for such a hypothesis.

That these quirks of being were also his strength,
shield and salvation should be an example to us all.

Mr Crisp was a Gentleman (first and foremost) but he
was also a gentle man. Although he did not suffer fools
gladly he was both generous with his time and able to
both give and take from those that he felt able to trust.

That Mr Hurt felt able to revisit his remarkable
personification of this iconic figure is a generous act.
Brian Fillis' script and Richard Laxton's sensitive
direction bring Mr Crisp to life with warmth and honesty.

The observational detail in Mr Hurt's portrayal is uncanny.
He is, indeed, Mr Crisp's "representative on earth".

Affectionate representations of his literary agent Connie Clausen
(Swoozie Kurtz); the performance artiste Penny Arcade (Cynthia
Nixon); the young painter Patrick Angus (Jonathan Tucker) and
the complex Steele/Ward amalgam (Denis O'Hare) are all
sympathetically and beautifully drawn.
The contents of his squalid abode, right down to the self-assembly
steel bookshelf and two-ring electric hotplate are spot-on.

That Mr Crisp finally found a home (and home it truly was!)
in New York City is a testament to his belief in himself.
That he felt obliged (actually somewhat pressured) to make a
final return to the country of his birth was unwarrantably sad.

He most certainly would not have wanted to die here!

A wonderful film about the last years of a quite extraordinary man.

Essential.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2010 17:05:47 GMT
A. Customer says:
Brilliant review.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2010 17:13:33 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear 1960s girl

Thank you for your kind comment.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 14:05:47 BDT
schumann_bg says:
Good to read such a kind and compassionate review ... I was surprised to discover he had supported Patrick Angus too - a wonderful artist. And Crisp was a courageous man, I think, as you say, an example.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 17:13:03 BDT
The Wolf says:
Hello Again

Thank you once more.

He was an example to some and an embarrassment to
others. I thought him a sweet and somewhat lonely old
man in his later years but his "sparkle" rarely let him down.

Regards

The Wolf
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