The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot

Starring 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 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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  • ★★★½ review by mayalekach on Letterboxd

    Frameline! Army, or Armistead as people apparently actually called him, is a huge delight and an inspiration to live an exciting, full, rich life. Speaking of, I must leave house.

  • ★★★★½ review by Kyle Mahaney on Letterboxd

    As cliche as documentaries about gay culture in the Castro during the 70's have become, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin stands out with its unique tale of early mainstream LGBT fiction and Armistead's lively approach to everything he undertakes. It's a lightweight yet also emotional look at the changing landscape of our country through the eyes of a real character.

    Seen at Southside Film Festival 2017.

  • ★★★★ review by atomiccoffey on Letterboxd

    Maupin is a real straight shooter & I appreciate his point of view.

    Kroot's style is charming.

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