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Release Date:
27 September 1996 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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A Title Well Earned See more (1 total) »

Cast

 

Lauren Bacall ... Herself

Carol Channing ... Herself

Joan Collins ... Herself
Jules Feiffer ... Himself

Robert Goulet ... Himself
Dolly Haas ... Herself
Al Hirschfeld ... Himself
Joseph Papp ... Himself

Barbara Walters ... Herself
Nina Hirschfeld West ... Herself

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Susan Warms Dryfoos 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Warms Dryfoos 

Produced by
Angelo Corrao .... associate producer
Susan Warms Dryfoos .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Dick Blofson  (as Richard Blofson)
Jeffrey Grunther 
 
Film Editing by
Angelo Corrao 
 
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray Palagy .... sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Michelle Harrison .... assistant editor
Philip Shane .... assistant editor
 

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USA:86 min
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Al Hirschfeld:Scuplture is really a drawing that you fall over in the dark.See more »
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References Hollywood Party (1934)See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Title Well Earned, 22 March 2005
Author: Lorene Anderson from Chicago

Amid the entertainment super-stars of the twentieth century—Carol Channing, Lauren Bacall, Joan Collins, Barbara Walters, and more—the white-bearded, bright-eyed Al Hirschfeld cuts a humorous and humble figure. This visual historian doesn't make the stars beautiful in his drawings; he makes them interesting. ESP-like, the line of Hirschfeld's pen reveals an essential and vital character within each of the performers he draws, capturing the rare exuberance with amazing specificity: the gestures, the movements, the facial expressions—all become playfully recognizable as the spirit manifest. What the documentary does especially well is show Hirschfeld at work, and talking about the work. He was 90 years old when interviewed in the film, but seems almost childlike in his delight for his life-long passion. Hirschfeld emerges as the century's most beloved cartoonist, truly earning him the title of The Line King.

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