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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017)

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.

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THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of TALES OF THE CITY moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70's San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war. Written by Anonymous

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Absorbing backstory of author Maupin
3 November 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary has all the pluses. Excellent use is made of original footage from the 70's onward. A good cross-section of interviews with Maupin's friends, family and acquaintances bring the man "to life" and confirm the positive impact he has on so many different levels worldwide.

The challenges of a gay man raised in a conservative, Southern household with Confederate roots, was a real eye-opener. I was surprised to learn that Maupin (in trying to please his parents and family tradition)ended up being invited to the White House during the Vietnam war, where he shook hands with none other than Nixon. Maupin's complete about-turn afterward, is fascinating to absorb. His friendship with Rock Hudson was another stunner. Footage from PBS Tales of the City is also interwoven to good effect (as well as the most welcome presence of Laura Linney reflecting on those times and her sustained friendship with Maupin). Don't miss this!


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