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40 Ratings

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
United States, 2017
Documentary, LGBT+


A deliciously scandalous portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Critics reviews

Mr. Tyrnauer surreptitiously hoses away the layers of dirt to reveal the fragility of his subject’s anything-goes hedonism. . . . Consequently, what starts out salty ends up as something sadder and more complicated.
August 02, 2018
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One of the film’s advantages over the book is that it brings in the testimonies of many other people—from friends and fellow ex-hustlers to Hollywood historians and insiders—all of whom support Scotty’s veracity while adding additional perspectives of their own.
July 27, 2018
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The documentary is most evocative when operating in two modes: following Bowers in the present day as he wanders his cluttered Hollywood homes and ruminates on past “tricks,” and using footage from classical Hollywood productions to underscore just how obvious the “secret” proclivities of stars were.
July 24, 2018
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