SIFF – Tab Hunter Confidential

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) – It’s a little odd to do a documentary about someone who doesn’t want to talk about their personal life. That’s what we’re all here for. Although Tab Hunter Confidential touches on his personal relationships, it always stops short of telling us anything we didn’t already know. Tab Hunter is a very private person, and that’s fine, but it doesn’t make for a compelling story if every time something interesting happens, it amounts to “Yes, I spent a great deal of time with Tony Perkins for a while” and moving on to the next anecdote. I don’t want lurid details or graphic images of them together, but give us something we can’t just read on his Wikipedia page.

The fact that he struggled with his sexuality and public image is surely a big deal for him, but it’s a story that’s been lived and told and retold a thousand times over every year. We need something that makes this story uniquely the Tab Hunter story, and the fact that he loves his mother and horses doesn’t quite cut it.

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