- DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY
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(1967, Jim McBride) L.M. Kit Carson’s David, drafted and newly jobless, films his life in and around his West 71st walk-up. Landmark mockumentary filmed in five days for $2,500. Approx. 74 min. 16mm.
"Jim McBride's ingenious puzzle movie presents itself as a cinema verite document—the attempt of a young filmmaker (L.M. Kit Carson) to put his life in order by recording it on celluloid. The simulation is seamless, which produces some wonderful paradoxes—as when one of David's friends (Lorenzo Mans) criticizes the footage of his violent breakup with his girlfriend for looking like “a bad movie.” Where most independent productions are founded on self-righteous claims of truth and honesty, McBride's film wittily observes that Hollywood has no corner on illusionism. Even the black-and-white, hand-held cinema still lies 24 times a second."
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A classic meta-must-see… it seems to prophesy the future as deftly as it nails down its day and age. In its simple, crystalline way, Jim McBride’s film encapsulates the follies, ironies, and raptures of a full half-century of film culture."
– Michael Atkinson, Cineaste
(1969, Milton Moses Ginsberg) Post-bad breakup with mistress Viveca Lindfors, married shrink Rip Torn stashes a concealed camera in his flat-away-from-home to film his continuing encounters with other women, especially Sally Kirkland in an emotionally (and physically) naked performance. Approx. 110 min. 35mm.
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