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Revealing Mr. Maugham (PAL) (2012)

W. Somerset Maugham , Michael House  |  DVD
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  • Actors: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Directors: Michael House
  • Producers: David Bellos
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: SWiM Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AB63208
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Revealing Mr. Maugham (PAL)

For the first time the full story is told of one of literatures most misunderstood and influential Gay writers W. Somerset Maugham, author of Of Human Bondage, The Razors Edge, The Painted Veil, Rain & numerous other classic stories, plays and novels. Somerset Maugham broke all the rules of literature yet became the most successful writer of his age and the worlds first millionaire author. Today his books continue to be read by millions and Somerset Maugham is admired by countless best-selling authors. Includes interviews with Armistead Maupin, Alexander McCall Smith, Pico Iyer, Alan Furst, Selina Hastings, Ronald Harwood, Nicky Haslam, Camilla Chandon (Somerset Maughams Granddaughter), Nicolas Paravicini (Somerset Maugham?s Grandson) and many more. 
-Official Selection for BFI London Film Festival
-Official Selection for San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival  
-Official Selection for Dublin GAZE Film Festival  
-Official Selection for Chichester International Film Festival
-Official Selection for Athens, Greece International LBGT Film Festival  
-Official Selection for FIFA Montreal International Film Festival
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Revealing" Mr. Maugham? March 8, 2013
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Revealing Mr. Maugham (2012) is the new documentary on W. Somerset Maugham directed by Michael House. One can buy it through Amazon by requesting a copy (either PAL or NTSC) made.

Honestly, I wasn't expecting too much of it because so far biographies about Maugham have not been too successful. I attribute this to the fact that Maugham writes so much better about himself that it leaves other people's efforts pale in front of his Summing Up (1938), A Writer's Notebook (1949), or the semi-autobiographical Of Human Bondage (1915).

The description on the back of the DVD case reads: "For the first time the full story is told of one misunderstood & influential Gay writers..." It puzzles me immensely what was in the mind of the person when he/she was writing this. I think it is very likely that Maugham would reject the label "gay writer." In the age of gossips and invasion of private space, his homosexuality swells into an exaggerated importance that distracts the reader from his work and his masterful narrative skills.

I would take the "influential" but I am not quite sure what "misunderstood" is referring to. I guess it has to do with the fact that Maugham fails to become a literary canon, the famous "Class Two, Division One." However, the documentary does not seem to try to reinstate him either; if it does, a few praises from a bunch of so called "best-selling authors" are surely poor arguments. I would try not to assume that "misunderstood" simply goes with "gay."

Let's look at the above claim. "Full story" is incomprehensible upon finishing watching the documentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life of sharp contrasts October 29, 2013
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A very well documented review of a most interesting writer. The information about his childhood probably had an impact in his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing March 11, 2013
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Although I haven't read any Maugham (yet!) - I still have been exposed to his work without knowing it. Much of his work became the basis for screenplays e.g. If you have seen Bette Davis' atrocious Cockney accent in Of human bondage (1934), or Joan Crawford in Rain (1932) then you've seen a screenplay of his novels. Actually a lot of Hollywood connections - Marilyn Monroe might have appeared in a 3rd version of Of Human Bondage had she live a bit longer. That would have been something to see. It seems he was a master of depicting sexual jealousy. Who wouldn't be interested after knowing that? A life full of intrigue (he worked for British intelligence), great fame and wealth, and betrayal (both by him and others).
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