The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

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 reclaim their lives.


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  • ★★★½ review by Matt DeTurck on Letterboxd

    A charming, interesting, well-made documentary about the life of queer writer Armistead Maupin. Come for the Laura Linney, stay for the archival footage of San Francisco and fascinating interviews.

  • ★★★½ review by mariusdownunder on Letterboxd

    So much to love in this, albeit too short, insight into Maupin's life. And what a life. I mean Rock Hudson! Made me reminisce about Tales of the City which I need to revisit.

  • ★★★★ review by brittany on Letterboxd

    The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is a beautifully made documentary about a man who has broken a multitude of barriers in terms of telling LGBT stories through multiple mediums. First a newspaper column, then a series of novels, then 3 mini-series' based on those novels. For over 40 years now, Maupin has told stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters living life, with their own stories to tell, rather than being props. The characters search for love, they find new family in the friends that they meet, they are complex and deeply human.

    Maupin's life story is told in a whimsical, colourful, and funny way, but the film doesn't shy away from the dark themes in his childhood. It all amounts to a spectacular tale of a truly fascinating life.

    The interviews by Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Ian McKellen, Margaret Cho, Amanda Palmer, and many others add a lot of depth and colour to the story.

    Leaving the theatre afterward, you have a sense to want to tell your own story, to feel proud of who you are, to feel grateful that storytellers like Armistead Maupin exist.

    Now, I want to rewatch Tales of the City yet again.

  • ★★★★ review by Iter Intergalactic on Letterboxd

    Visto en sección de Premio Maguey en FICG33. No conocía a este singular personaje. Armistead Maupin escribía historias de ficción con personajes gay y transgénero, en una pequeña columna del periódico, un periódico considerado 'familiar'. Dice Neil Gayman que era como un caballo de troya, y el valor para hacer eso significaba tener testículos del tamaño de asteroides. (Sí, eso dijo 😁) Muchas de esas historias fueron transformadas en miniseries, que fueron las primeras representaciones de gente gay y trans donde no eran asesinos depravados o villanos, sino gente regular con amigos, amantes y una vida normal.

  • ★★★★ review by Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd

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