The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
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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★★★★ review by jack on Letterboxd
what a colourful heartwarmin time!!
also when mr j groff teared up reading that letter...my eyes TREMBLED
★★★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 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 Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd
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★★★★ review by mike on Letterboxd
A great documentary that covers more than just Maupin. It also reminds us that it was a big deal when Tales of the City was made into a mini series in the 90s and a very important part of queer history.
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