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David Holzman's Diary (1967)

Young filmmaker decides to make a movie of his life.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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David Holzman
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Penny Wohl
Lorenzo Mans ...
Pepe
Louise Levine ...
Sandra
Fern McBride ...
Girl on the subway
Mike Levine ...
Sandra's Boy Friend (as Michel Lévine)
Robert Lesser ...
Max, Penny's agent (as Bob Lesser)
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Storyline

This fake documentary which appears quite real on the surface is about a young man making a movie about his everyday life and discovering something important about himself and his reality. This film is not a real documentary or is it? Written by Michael "Durrutti" Valenzuela <mvalenzu@ucsd.edu>

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29 January 1975 (France)  »

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David Holzmans Tagebuch  »

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

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Pepe: You don't understand the basic principle. As soon as you start filming something, what happens in front of the camera is not reality anymore it becomes part of something else it becomes a movie. You start becoming very self-conscious about everything you do. Should I put my hand here, should I put my hand here? Should I place myself in this part of the frame, should I place myself in this side of the frame? And your decisions stop being moral decisions and start being aesthetical decisions. And...
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Features Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson Jr., Lewie Steinberg and Steve Cropper
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
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Talky, but Unusual and Worth a Look
15 July 2001 | by (Chciago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Mock cinema vertite about a young filmmakers consternation at finding 'truth' and putting it on film. Insightfully examines how we define reality, how our perceptions can cloud it, and whether it is really possible to show it on film. Probably to talky for most, but still quite thought provoking. Filled with some really offbeat ideas and camerawork. Among them: filming the faces of people at a bus stop while we hear excerpts from the McCarthy hearings. Also photographing a entire night of tv viewing each minute and then playing them back frame by frame. A very low budget movie, made by some very young filmmakers, with a very original point of view.


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