The Sons Of Tennessee Williams


The Sons Of Tennessee Williams

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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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The Sons of Tennessee Williams tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast culture of public "drag balls" that predates established gay liberation history in the U.S. by nearly ten years. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Sons Of Tennessee Williams

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  • Draws on a treasure trove of archival footage to show the evolution of New Orleans' gay community over half a century.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The talking-head testimonials succeed one another so quickly that it becomes difficult to track individual personalities, a structural problem that works to dissolve unique stories...

    Oct 6, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Sons Of Tennessee Williams takes a simple-maybe too simple-approach, mixing archival footage with talking-head interviews and shots of people sewing sequins and applying makeup.

    Oct 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • Whether it's a product of the city's laid-back, party-hearty nature or a fault of the filmmaking, Sons makes for a pleasant sit but doesn't really have the substance to deliver the aimed-for tenor of inspirational struggle.

    Oct 5, 2011

    Dennis Harvey

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  • The overly familiar coming-out tales, stories of police brutality, and outlining of socially sanctioned gay bashing, while important for the historical record, have been told so often elsewhere that they've lost their ability to illuminate.

    Oct 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Wolff intercuts interviews and archival footage with preparations for a contemporary ball and, believe me, you haven't seen a costume until you've seen what these guys come up with.

    Jan 22, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sons Of Tennessee Williams

Interesting bit of civil rights history from New Orleans, but it lacked passion.

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