ROCK HUDSON: ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWED (Tribeca 2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

You aren’t going to get many answers about Rock Hudson’s happiness in documentarian Stephen Kijak’s film, but it certainly illuminates the chasm between his public and private lives, from the very beginning of his career to his last days in a hospital fighting AIDS. Kijak shows Hudson’s trajectory from a green former GI from Illinois named Roy to becoming the heartthrob and top box office name he became as Rock Hudson. Through it all, he had a string of lovers, some of whom are interviewed for the film, as well as gay friends with whom he spent time, so he could be himself. What makes the film entertaining beyond showing the inner life and personal history few outside Hollywood knew about, is the great movie clips spliced into the documentary.

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CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS – Review by Diane Carson

For the documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, directors Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz focus solely on one of over one hundred fifty Bill T. Jones choregraphed dances. What may seem an unusual decision to forego the conventional, comprehensive overview results in a rich, in-depth, rewarding analysis of this particularly significant, relevant work.

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