Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992)

MARK RAPPAPORT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1992.  Couch Potatoe Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Rappaport.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Mark Rappaport.  Film Editing by Mark Rappaport.  

Not nearly as saucy as the title might suggest. Rock Hudson was one of America’s most famous movie stars for decades, his gorgeous face and impressive physique making him the ideal masculine hero and the number one dreamboat for his female fans. In true Hollywood style, the appearance was just a myth, as Hudson was actually gay, a fact which the world did not know officially until he rocked headlines as the first major celebrity to die of AIDS. In this intelligent quasi-documentary, director Mark Rapaport has actor appear on screen as Hudson (the fact that he barely resembles him matters little), narrating his career from the icon’s point of view while behind him images from the many films that made him famous are projected. It’s not biographical narrative that is focused on, however, but an examination of how a fantasy of ideal straight maleness actually had not so subtle gay undertones peeping through at every turn, looking at the important, often-ignored role that gay sensibilities have had in creating the heterosexual cultural perspective that movies have upheld for so long.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1992

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