Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)



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Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee's Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. The film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Television
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"Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Detroit News
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Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Washington Post
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An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Boston Globe
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It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen.

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
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His art is a force that can't be contained: No wonder he felt so at home in the warped environs of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Globe and Mail
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The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Beauty Is Embarrassing


White seems like he'd be an interesting guy to hang around for any arbitrary amount of time (anywhere between 1 second to perhaps over 400 minutes, give or take.)

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

Solid documentary. If you're in the mood to watch a documentary this would be one of the better choices that you could make. When comedy and art meet.

Michael Pettersen
Michael Pettersen

A wonderful documentary on the creative genius that is Wayne White. I would have loved to have heard more about the Pee Wee's Playhouse era but to do so would have harmed us in learning more about Wayne. An amusing tale.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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