One year before he passed away in July 2018, Tab Hunter graced the DOCUTAH stage to discuss his life and the changes he had seen in the acceptance of those in the Hollywood community who had to hold their secrets very close. DOCUTAH is pleased to present this film again as a tribute to his life and and his generosity toward the DOCUTAH audience.
July 26, 7 PM Eccles Main Stage, Dixie State University
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Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob starring in dozens of films. But throughout his years of stardom, Tab had a secret. Tab Hunter was gay, Now, Tab’s dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story is an explosive documentary.
Welcome to Hollywood, circa 1950, the end of the Golden Age. A remarkably handsome young boy, still a teenager, gets “discovered by a big-time movie agent. Because when he takes his shirt off young hearts beat faster, because he is the picture of innocence and trust and need, he will become a star. It seems almost preordained. The open smile says, “You will love me,” and soon the whole world does.
In Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, Hunter speaks out for the first time about what it was like to be a movie star at the end of the big studio era, to be treated like a commodity, to be told what to do, how to behave, whom to be seen with, what to wear. He speaks also about what it was like to be gay, at first confused by his own fears and misgivings, then as an actor trapped by an image of boy-next-door innocence. And when he dared to be difficult, to complain to the studio about the string of mostly mediocre movies that were assigned to him, he learned that just like any manufactured product, he was disposable—disposable and replaceable.
And so, Tab Hunter Confidential is at heart a story of survival—of the giddy highs of stardom, and the soul-destroying lows when phone calls begin to go unreturned; of the need to be loved, and the fear of being consumed; of the hope of an innocent boy, and the rueful summation of a man who did it all, and who lived to tell it all.
Film hosted by Allan Glaser, Tab Hunter’s life partner
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