A successful designer himself, first-time documentary filmmaker Neil Berkeley provides a lively, intimate portrait of White and his world, tracing his “hillbilly” roots, introducing us to his family and early environment, and showing us how an unquenchable creative spirit has dominated every aspect of his life, including his marriage to fellow artist Mimi Pond.
Beauty is Embarrassing is a funny, enormously entertaining film, built around an autobiographical show White performs for a theater audience. This provides a perfect through-line which Berkeley uses as a springboard to explore the many facets of his subject’s life and work, drawing on interviews with colleagues and admirers, vintage home movies, behind-the-scenes footage of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and more. It’s one of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I’ve had this year.
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