The Sons Of Tennessee Williams (2011)



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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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Wolff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $2.9k
First Run Features - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Sons Of Tennessee Williams

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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...

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sons Of Tennessee Williams

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

Christian C

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