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His life was larger than fiction.
Even at its most on-the-nose, Big Joy serves the greater good of introducing viewers to its subject, whose voice rings clear throughout.
"Big Joy," filmed with an irresistibly playful spirit, dances with words, film clips and images from a long and, it seems, mostly joyous life.
A flavorful and affectionate documentary about a narcissist.
As spritely put together as its subject -- another winning aspect of this charming look at the life of a free spirit whose life and work are an important part of queer history.
Even those who have no familiarity with Broughton should still find the movie fascinating. Broughton was a lover of life and embraced all means of expressing it.
It's a worthy introduction to how much ecstasy Broughton packed into his eighty-five years.
Best when offering immensely pleasurable readings of the poet's verses. But the fawning male-centric focus is too conveniently dismissive about his discarded women and offspring. Including eminent critic Pauline Kael, reduced to a cameo irritant here.
Completely engrossing, rich and humane documentary about the life of a too-little known pioneer in life and art.
A film that not only makes the case of its subject's talent but, even more importantly, is itself an expression of joy that James Broughton would love.
...directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade celebrate Broughton's life and work, and in particular his embrace of sexuality
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