Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Review: THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR (USA 2017) ***

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allencarArmed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s. A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega-hit musical film GREASE, until it all came crashing down after he produced the 1989 Academy Awards, a notorious debacle.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bette Davis

Review by Gilbert Seah 

Those who remember the fabulous documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL screened at Inside Out two years back can expect the same fabulousness in director Jeffrey Schwarz’s new documentary of another Hollywood larger-than-life figure.

The subject is gay producer and promoter Allan Carr (before known as Alan Solomon). Carr is a short, fat little man but did not let his non-fabulous features stop him from being the celebrity and everyone’s darling party organizer. Carr has to his credits, the films GREASE (the highest grossing film of 1978), CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and also the infamous Snow White at the 1989 Academy Awards.

But the film also traces his disastrous flops like GREASE 2 and WHERE THE BOYS ARE. Schwarz captures all the glamour of Hollywood and its stars, from the eyes of Carr who narrates a fair part of his autobiography.

The film contains lots of nostalgia with lots of film clips from oldies and goodies like GREASE with a few archive footage of the old Hollywood gay scene.

But most important is the fact that the film also tells the truth about the real Carr – warts and all and, as his personal assistant describes, his Jekyll and Hyde behaviour.
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Happy Birthday: Bette Davis

bettedavis.jpgHappy Birthday actor Bette Davis

Born: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 6, 1989 (age 81) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

2 Time Oscar winner for Best Actress (Jezebel, Dangerous)

Read reviews of her best work:

OF HUMAN BONDAGEOf Human Bondage
1934
dir. John Cromwell
Starring
Bette Davis
Leslie Howard

ALL ABOUT EVEAll About Eve
1950
dir. Mankiewicz
Starring
Bette Davis
Anne Baxter

DARK VICTORYDark Victory
1939
dir. Edmund Goulding
Starring
Davis
George Brent

DEATH ON THE NILEDeath on the Nile
1978
dir. John Guillermin
Cast
Peter Ustinov
Jane Birkin

RebeccaThe Letter
1940
dir. by William Wyler
Starring
Davis
Herbert Marshall

Whatever Happened To Baby JaneWhatever Happened To Baby Jane
1962
dir. by Robert Aldrich
starring
Davis
Joan Crawford

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNERThe Man Who Came to Dinner
1942
dir. William Keighley
Starring
Bette Davis
Ann SheridanMotte

movie posterSTORM CENTER
1956
dir. Daniel Taradash
Starring:
Bette Davis
Brian Keith

THE LITTLE FOXESThe Little Foxes
1941
dir. William Wyler
Starring
Davis
Teresa Wright

NOW VOYAGERNow Voyager
1942
dir. Irving Rapper
Starring
Davis
Paul Henreid

MR SKEFFINGTONMr. Skeffington
1944
dir. Vincent Sherman
starring
Claude Rains
Davis

The StarThe Star
1952
dir. Stuart Heisler
Starring
Davis
Natalie Wood
Sterling Haydena