The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s. Hunter spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him.
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A peak into fifties' Hollywood with its constructed careers, insincere morals and studio system dependence often at the cost of one's own identity. Tab Hunter, the former heart-throb, guides us through his past from studio darling to unemployable then from rediscovered to self imposed exile with the major igniter being his homosexuality. A puff piece in some ways but a worthwhile watch.
Basically an extended personal profile, like a People magazine article come to life. I feel the same way I did about this as I did with "What Happened, Miss Simone?" - the story can't help but be interesting, but I'm sure not what the movie itself provides. He comes across as likable, but that's what these kinds of profiles are supposed to do. A "watch on Netfilx while puttering around the house" kind of movie.
Lovely and charming biopic about a bygone heartthrob from 50s American movies. Great interviews from John Waters, Lainie Kazan, and many more who worked with him over the course of career, and turns into a fascinating look into Hollywood in the studio era.