Jobriath A.D. (2014)


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Seventies glam rock musician Jobriath was known as "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," and "Hype of the Year." The first openly gay rock star, Jobriath's reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over‐hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by critics as all flash and no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business. He retreated to the Chelsea Hotel where he died, forgotten, in 1983 at the age of 37, as one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. In the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as Morrissey, Def Leppard, The Pet Shop Boys, and Gary Numan, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material, and animation, audiences can experience the heartbreaking and unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath. (c) Factory 25

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Critic Reviews for Jobriath A.D.

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Hampered by limited video of Jobriath, the film lacks a sense of him or his music.

May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

A cubist portrait of an unknowable man and a dramatic whodunit about an artist-victim who died by a thousand cuts.

Apr 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Documentary maker Kieran Turner attempts to rehabilitate Jobriath's reputation, presenting him as a gifted musician and a gay-rights pioneer.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

A long-forgotten, envelope-pushing figure of 1970s rock will be hard to forget again after Jobriath A.D.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…
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Eye-opener introduces a glam rocker who should be a better known part of pop history.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

In unexceptional fashion, Turner uses a parade of talking heads and multiple montages of grainy film clips and archival stills to paint a picture of the artist-as-chameleon.

Jan 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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