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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.

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2 members found this review helpful Created 10 months ago. Updated 10 months ago.

In reading the earlier reviews - it is clear many viewers expected, as I did, real "home movies" and were also a little disappointed, even misled - that, in fact, the "home movies" were really his selected clips from his many motion picture performances. According to the narration, provided by a handsome Rock look-a-like (that was supposed to be a young Rock), he'd cut these clips to provide a laugh track of gay innuendo - that he and his friends could fancy... Whether he put this collaboration together, as described, or Director Rappaport conceived them (Or a combine of the two) it was an interesting idea & almost made up for the disappointment of not really being "home movies" (Expecting to see Rock & his friends, associates - & perhaps even a lover or twenty, frolicking on home Super 8 or such). While, as one reviewer correctly noted, some of the narration suggested an adolescent fascination with looking at far too many scenes as gay conscious . But, of course, that was the theme of this production - and they needed to fill a respectable "movie" length. If you are of the right age you knew how big Rock was (And he was an enormous star) and the "straight"/macho figure he was supposed to portray in one major film after another, so this idea of his being on the "make" &/or "camping" it up with many of his male co-stars (With his female co-stars in the "know") makes for some laughs & lots of re-evaluating of Hollywood history. The mentioned adolescence and self- consciousness seeps in as Rappaport trys one too many "sly references" and one too many gay interpretations on one too many scenes (In search of enough {"movie" length} material). An interesting & - to some degree, entertaining concept that grows stale in places & length. Rock probably deserved better - and yet, maybe this IS what he wanted!

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1 member found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

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.

1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

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.

Created 4 months ago.

Very well done with a unique perspective. Should have gotten wider distribution.

Created 8 months ago.

Excellent......enjoyed it immensely

0 of 1 members found this review helpful Created 8 months ago.

A very interesting perspective on the life of Rock Hudson.

0 of 1 members found this review helpful Created 9 months ago.

An Excellent Film! Rather novel!

Created 9 months ago.

Loved it. Best thing yet on this site.

Created about 1 year ago.

It was worth watching.

Created over 1 year ago.

Not what I was expecting when I saw "home movies" in the title, but I enjoyed it.

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Created almost 2 years ago.

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.

Created almost 2 years ago.

good film

Created almost 2 years ago.

Overall not that great. I mean it was not bad, but nothing I would watch a second time

Created almost 2 years ago.

Wonderful tribute to this icon. He truly was one of a kind. Great admiration for his work and good heavens, he was gorgeous.

Created almost 2 years ago.

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.

1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Some what of a let down. As this did not show any home movies of Rock Hudson. Only his movie clips.

Created almost 2 years ago.

Entertaining and fun, Rock Hudson was one of the greatest gay-actor before gay era. Rest in peace.

Created about 2 years ago.

Very interesting concept and very well written.

Created about 2 years ago.

It was fun...for me. Sounds like his life had to be so secretive it felt paranoid.

Created about 2 years ago.

boring

Created about 2 years ago.

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.

Created about 2 years ago.

well done...enjoy it...

Created about 2 years ago.

Wonderful! He was my favorite actor!

Created over 2 years ago.

enlightening

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