Quentin Crisp's early life became a cause celebre
upon the publication of The Naked Civil Servant
and its subsequent presentation as a remarkable 1975 TV production starring John Hurt. As recounted in both, Crisp's determination to be his flamboyant and unorthdox self, at a time when
homosexuality was a crime punishable by law, was an act of true heroism. Produced, written and directed by Jonathan Nossiter, RESIDENT ALIEN documents the recent activities of this unassuming cultural hero.
Crisp lives in a world of his own creation. He freely states: "I do think of myself as artificial, as an invention. I try to become more like myself every day." Cr...