Creepy Motel Owner

He’s not a real-life Norman Bates but after you read Gay Talese’s New Yorker article and watch the upcoming Netflix documentary, Voyeur, you might think twice about checking into Gerald Foos’ Colorado motel.

(Gerald Foos and Gay Talese. Source: Netflix)

Voyeur follows renowned American journalist Talese, who wrote an April 2016 article for The New Yorker (“The Voyeur’s Motel”) about the voyeuristic habits of Foos, owner of the Manor House motel. For decades, Foos “secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an ‘observation platform’ he built in the motel’s attic.” Foos documented “his guests’ most private moments,” including having sex. With his piece, Talese turned the tables on Foos, leading the documentary producers to ask: “What does a journalist owe to his subjects? How can a reporter trust a source who has made a career of deception? Who is really the voyeur?”

Voyeur is scheduled to premiere later this year.

A second Netflix documentary, debuting October 27, spotlights American novelist, essayist, screenwriter and literary journalist Joan Didion.

(Joan Didion. Source: Netflix)

Directed by actor Griffin Dunne, Didion’s nephew, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, offers the writer’s reflections, along with archival footage, as she “guides us through the sleek literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s, when she wrote for Vogue; her return to her home state of California for two turbulent decades; the writing of her seminal books, including Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album; her film scripts, including The Panic in Needle Park; her view of 1980s and ’90s political personalities; and the meeting of minds that was her long marriage to writer John Gregory Dunne.”

Both documentaries will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival, scheduled for September 28 through October 15 at Lincoln Center.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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