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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The much-loved author of ‘Tales of the City’ seen up-close and personal in this fascinating documentary about his life and works.

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Dir Jennifer M Kroot
Prod Gerry Kim, Mayuran Tiruchelvam, Jennifer M Kroot
USA 2017
91min
Festivals The Film Collaborative

This riveting documentary offers a privileged look at the life and works of San Francisco’s great chronicler. If you’ve ever read ‘Tales of the City’ or any of Armistead Maupin’s other wonderful books and wondered what the man who wrote them is like, then this is for you. Even if you haven’t, it’s a chance to spend time with a fascinating ‘Southern gentleman’ creative artist whose life has included serving in Vietnam and even being invited to the White House to meet Richard Nixon. Living in San Francisco made Maupin a radical and his weekly columns for the San Francisco Chronicle were required reading for a generation who fell in love with Mary Ann Singleton, Mouse and Anna Madrigal. Maupin is a great raconteur and we encounter a dazzling array of talking heads who share their insights into both the man and myth.

Brian Robinson

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