Resident Alien [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Bonus film: Losing the Thread directed by Jonathan Nossiter - a pitiless hour long comedy on art fraud, the perils of the male ego, and the Disneyfication of Tuscany
  • Filmmaker biography
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection


Resident Alien: Quentin Crisp in America
A charming portrait of Quentin Crisp, who has (very deliberately) become the closest thing this century has to an Oscar Wilde. Crisp moved to New York City at the age of 73 and has many devoted friends and admirers who sing his praises. Indeed, pop star Sting literally "sings" of Quentin in his hit "Englishman in New York." Other fans who make appearances in the film include John Hurt, Fran Lebowitz and director Paul Morrissey. Of course, not everyone loves Quentin, as we learn primarily in a segment from the Sally Jesse Raphael show. He is not only a frequent target of homophobic attacks but is described by one homosexual as a "gay Stepin Fetchit." Overall, though, this is certainly a sympathetic documentary which may even provoke a grudging admiration from the viewer. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

Losing the Thread
While many artists have a favorite subject to which they often return, Lorenzo Pezzatini has been spent the better part of two decades re-creating the same image in his paintings -- intermingled blue, yellow, and red threads, rendered in acrylics, usually on the walls on public places. While Pezzantini has also made a name for himself as a sculptor, designer, and performance artist, he invariably returns to his thread paintings, and Losing the Thread is a documentary by filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter that examines the artist, his favorite subject, and what he continues to find in it. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Quentin Crisp
    Quentin Crisp
  • John Hurt
    John Hurt
  • Sting
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    Holly Woodlawn
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran Lebowitz

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