• Released
  • October 7, 2011
  • (Limited 10/7)
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Documentary
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams Synopsis
Gay men in New Orleans create wildly popular drag balls in the late 1950s.
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
The significance of that group anecdote - from the message of unity to the way Mardi Gras gave some gay New Orleanians a way to explain...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Genial documentary combines extravagance of Mardi Gras drag with an underexposed story of early gay-rights achievements.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Sons of Tennessee Williams, which offers touching interviews with many older gay men, somewhat awkwardly connects this history with the...
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60

The New York Times

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As the film cuts back and forth between the present day and a historical survey of gay culture, its tone wavers between dutifully somber...
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Tim Wolff's documentary is a diverting mix of colorful interviewees and footage from one such krewe's 40th anniversary ball, but it doesn't...
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30

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
A tedious exercise in filling in historical blanks through exhausted tropes.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
This time-tested project of tracing gayness back to when its shame was so explicitly enforced feels not only passé, and naïve, but mostly...
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Rated NR