Tears of a Clown

The Eyes of Tammy Faye teaches us that garish televangelists have feelings, too

Ah, but regardless whether you agree with directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey on everything, you have to love a documentary that traces a life so far beyond parody that it's almost impossible to believe. And while the sock puppets that introduce each segment get tiresome after a while, they're perfectly in keeping with the spirit of things. Tammy Faye's legacy is one of those uniquely American pop-cultural artifacts -- like Twinkies or Howdy Doody -- that will continue to irritate some, to amuse others, and simply to baffle foreigners who wonder what all the fuss is about. This film is as good a way as any to relive the phenomenon.

Does Robert Wilonsky agree? Find out in this week's Stuff.

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