HEARTWARMING. FUNNY. SAD. VITAL. THIS IS ESSENTIAL GAY HISTORY. I’M THANKFUL THAT THIS FILM WILL HELP PRESERVE IT AND TURN NEW GENERATIONS ON TO HIS WORK.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
This lovely portrait of acclaimed author Armistead Maupin is as much a story of the man’s life as it is a chronicle of San Francisco’s gay scene.
The film examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from the conservative 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 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.
Through it all Maupin’s warmth, honesty and positive energy shines through despite moments of great personal loss. Very nice indeed.