Making the Boys (2009)
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MAKING THE BOYS tells the story of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play "The Boys in the Band" - from overnight sensation on Broadway, to Hollywood's first gay movie, to cultural landmark and worldwide phenomenon - all the while having a complicated and sometimes controversial relationship with the gay community. No one could have guessed the impact that a small Off-Broadway production would have on the social climate of the 1960s...not to mention how important and monumental it was to gay people
Nov 5, 2010 Limited
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Crayton Robey's documentary is a time capsule of the burgeoning gay rights era. It has poignant moments that sneak up on you. And sometimes, well, it's just trashy fun.
Sometimes, it errs on the side of inclusiveness, with banal commentary from gay reality-TV shows. Taking the broad view mostly works, however.
Clayton Robey's documentary starts off wobbly before becoming a bracing cocktail of cultural, creative and personal histories.
Making the Boys is fascinating recent history and a fascinating personal story as well.
The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, "Making the Boys."
An entertaining and compelling reason to either reconsider the polarizing work or to experience it for the first time with due regard for its original context.
A fine new documentary about the evolution of the controversial play and subsequent movie.
For all the attention paid to the issues surrounding Boys, however, but for a handful of too-short clips, there's surprisingly little detail about the specifics of the film or play
It is hard to make a lively documentary out of talking heads, but Robey has done that as he puts the play into historical perspective.
Scrupulously researched, highly absorbing and worthwhile documentary about, like it or not, the seminal gay play.
A comprehensive look at the creation and afterlife of a significant work of art.
In a way, Making's director, Crayton Robey, has written a love letter to [Natalie] Wood
A fascinating slice of contemporary history, one that too easily could be overlooked or forgotten. Entertaining and enlightening.
A slick making-and-unmaking-of documentary about the play and film that first seriously addressed American homosexuality, and its complex role in queer cultural history.
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