Official selection of the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival.
“It was all up there,” says Rock Hudson (Eric Farr) at the start of this rule-breaking, dizzying assortment of clips from Rock Hudson’s Hollywood career that make up Mark Rappaport’s feature film, ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES. Employing a narrative commentary from beyond the grave, the film invents an eclectic form of biography. The closer you look at Hudson’s films, the more you see the actor winking at us. An award-winning blend of dozens of clips, ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES sheds a new and provocative light on one of Hollywood’s greatest legends.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Special Citation National Society of Film Critics 1994
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A little too self-consciously symbolic. Was Rock really thinking of his sexual preference all the time? Was his guilt that obvious in his movies? I love Rappaport's reworking of documentary films, but this one seems too smarmy, too adolescent in its approach to Rock's sexuality. Are we to continue the finger pointing and sly references whenever we watch his films. I won't.
Some what of a let down. As this did not show any home movies of Rock Hudson. Only his movie clips.
This film was extremely interesting as a made for television type indie production. Humorous, fascinating (relatively few) in the use of the lines from films used that had to be deliberate in backstage joking of Rock Hudson's real life personality and lifestyle. The actor would have been clearly participating in that humor. His rooming with Randolph Scott explains a lot of innuendo I personally heard in that time period. Worth viewing for an entertainment. Kind of an art house double feature just for the sake of it.
Not what I was expecting when I saw "home movies" in the title, but I enjoyed it.
Overall not that great. I mean it was not bad, but nothing I would watch a second time
Wonderful tribute to this icon. He truly was one of a kind. Great admiration for his work and good heavens, he was gorgeous.
I thought it was also quite interesting, but not what I hoped for. I wanted more home movies (there were none) and information on his actual male on male dalliances. Nice premise though.
interesting premise, but it didn't really expand much on it for me. i think the main problem may have just been the overall approach. "send me no flowers," for instance, is overflowing with gay innuendo, but the clips and descriptions given to it here can't really capture how weird and interesting the experience of watching that movie is. the clips here are well selected, but they're not outrageous enough in and of themselves to fill an hour without feeling strained. moreover, i like what they were going for with the narration, but it made the movie feel very dry. overall, there's definitely good stuff here--i really like the freeze frames, for instance--but i'd recommend checking out the source material first.
Entertaining and fun, Rock Hudson was one of the greatest gay-actor before gay era. Rest in peace.
Very interesting concept and very well written.
It was fun...for me. Sounds like his life had to be so secretive it felt paranoid.
Good movie. For those of us who were teenagers in the 50's, Rock Hudson and Doris Day were standard movie fixtures but their movies often seemed just plain stupid. We didn't get the sexual orientation twists, but like the lives of our parents, the scripts of these movies made about as much sense as the adult world we had to content with.
well done...enjoy it...
Wonderful! He was my favorite actor!