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A Portrait of Michael Crichton (2001)

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Michael Crichton discusses his early career as a writer, leading up to his writing of the best-selling novel "The Andromeda Strain" and his involvement with the making of the film.

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Michael Crichton discusses his early career as a writer, leading up to his writing of the best-selling novel "The Andromeda Strain" and his involvement with the making of the film.

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Portrait? Sounds classy
1 March 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is the second featurette on the DVD of The Andromeda Strain, the other being a making-of. This is Crichton, in one interview, occasionally intercut with clips from the movie, and still material. He talks about his early writing career, med school, worrying what the professors would think of him if they knew he was, or was trying to be, an author next to learning to be a doctor. Extra attention and focus is of course paid to and placed on the film, and the novel behind it, and the latter being turned into the former. It's all informative enough, if not necessarily terribly interesting, unless you want a brief history of how he started putting words on the page. He doesn't go into very much detail about other works, nor concepts or such. This is little more than an extended commercial for the feature, really. I would wager there are more interesting and thorough biographies, and that they might even hold actual analysis. If one only watched this and his appearance in the behind-the-scenes production on the disc, they would not get a very positive view of him. I recommend this to fans of the man, I suppose, and not sure who else. 5/10


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