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27 September 1996 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Julie Andrews ... Herself

Lauren Bacall ... Herself

Carol Channing ... Herself
Cy Coleman ... Himself

Joan Collins ... Herself
Betty Comden ... Herself
Jules Feiffer ... Himself

Frank Gifford ... Himself

Kathie Lee Gifford ... Herself

Robert Goulet ... Himself
Adolph Green ... Himself
Dolly Haas ... Herself
Jerry Herman ... Himself
Al Hirschfeld ... Himself

Geoffrey Holder ... Himself
Paula Laurence ... Herself

Robert Loggia ... Himself

Roger Moore ... Himself
Phyllis Newman ... Herself
Joseph Papp ... Himself
Maria Riva ... Herself (voice)

Chita Rivera ... Herself
Daniel Selznick ... Himself

Leslie Uggams ... Herself

Mike Wallace ... 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 "Star Trek" (1966)See more »


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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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