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The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye Bakker, Rupaul

Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
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July 23, 2000

The Eyes of Tammy Faye concerns another magnetic personality: Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, a tabloid diva with more character twists than a fiction writer could ever devise. Lucky for Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the directors of this documentary, Tammy Faye already exists. RuPaul narrates this trip through the soap-opera life of the beleaguered televangelist — the mascara, the bad marriages, the scandals. The media skewered Tammy Faye so much, she claims that by comparison "O.J. Simpson was nothing." Still, the filmmakers feel too affectionate toward their subject — Tammy Faye was among the first televangelists to support men with AIDS — to do more than skim the surface. Eyes sees what it wants to see, but it's a riveting glimpse.

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