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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017)

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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 re-claim their lives.


Jennifer M. Kroot
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Credited cast:
Armistead Maupin ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Biafore Frank Biafore ... Self
Kate Bornstein Kate Bornstein ... Self - Author
Anita Bryant ... Self (archive footage)
Serge Burgos Serge Burgos ... Self
Charles Busch ... Self - Actor
Margaret Cho ... Self - Comedian
Olympia Dukakis ... Self - Actor
Neil Gaiman ... Self - Writer
Jewelle Gomez Jewelle Gomez ... Self - Author
Jonathan Groff ... Self - Actor
Jesse Helms ... Self (archive footage)
Rock Hudson ... Self (archive footage)
John Kerry ... Self (archive footage)
Laura Linney ... Self - Actor


THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN examines the life and work of 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 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 disarmingly 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. Written by Anonymous

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Nostalgic Journey Down Barbary Lane-
25 April 2018 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

This documentary,part of Queer Film Fest is a gem,so enjoyable and informative and Director Jennifer J Kroot has captured the Tales and Times of Armistead Maupin beautifully and nostalgically. If you visited a straight club or bar and asked who Armistead Maupin is I doubt many people would know of him but for us in the GLBTQI Community he represents the vital years of Gay Liberation from the late 1970's ,1980's and on , not because he was a rampant anarchist or demonstrator but because he introduced us to the beloved characters of his Tales of the City and his beloved city of San Francisco and gave us stories of friendship love and adventure that we could relate to. The documentary shows his early years and family history before coming out and the times he has lived through the Stonewall Riots , AIDS at its height that wiped out many of the Gay population of San Francisco and many of his friends . It's great to see the original cast members such as the now world renowned actress Laura Linney , who played Mary- Anne Singleton and Olympia Dukakis who was the magical mysterious transgendered Anna Madrigal recall their experiences of the series and their affection for Armistead. I recalled a treasured San Francisco moment in 1995 on our first trip when we were at Fisherman's Wharf and a double decker bus pulled up and out popped a chorus of glittery glamorous drag queens . They alighted from their bus and proceeded to a brilliantly lit Carousel did a few sparkly rounds then got back on the bus and took off into the night. I remember thinking this was an Armistead Maupin Tales of the City moment and it made me smile to think that San Francisco is Sydney's sister city.

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