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2 June 2006 (UK) See more »
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The son of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler confronts his complex father by turning the camera on him. What results is a portrait of a difficult genius and a son's path out of the shadow of a famous father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Missed potential that comes from Mark's failure to work with what he gets – not from Haskell's bl00dy-mindedness See more (12 total) »

Cast

 

Peter Bart ... Himself

Verna Bloom ... Herself

Billy Crystal ... Himself

Michael Douglas ... Himself

Jane Fonda ... Herself

Milos Forman ... Himself

Troy Garity ... Himself
Ronnie Gilbert ... Herself
Conrad L. Hall ... Himself

Conrad W. Hall ... Himself
Tom Hayden ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Ron Howard ... Himself

Norman Jewison ... Himself

Elia Kazan ... Himself (archive footage)

Irvin Kershner ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself

Albert Maysles ... Himself

Daniel Moder ... Himself (as Danny Moder)

Paul Newman ... Himself

Sidney Poitier ... Himself

Julia Roberts ... Herself

John Sayles ... Himself

Martin Sheen ... Himself

Lee Tamahori ... Himself

Studs Terkel ... Himself

Haskell Wexler ... Himself (also archive footage)

Mark Wexler ... Himself (also archive footage)
Simon Wexler ... Himself (archive footage)

Jonathan Winters ... Himself
D.P. Carlson ... Himself (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Himself (uncredited)

Rob Reiner ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert DeMaio 
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)

Produced by
Mark Luethi .... associate producer
Mark Wexler .... producer (as Mark S. Wexler)
 
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
 
Cinematography by
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)
 
Film Editing by
Robert DeMaio 
 
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Michael Kowalski .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Jeff Defalque .... AfterFX artist
Ricardo Echevarria .... AfterFX artist (as Rick Echevarria)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Churchill .... additional camera operator
John Ealer .... additional camera operator
Jon Else .... additional camera operator
Sarah Levy .... additional photographer
Patrick Loungway .... additional camera operator
Keith Walker .... additional camera operator
Clay Westervelt .... camera operator
Haskell Wexler .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Randy L. Anderson .... color timer
Nathan Adams .... technical consultant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chris Besseling .... uk
Barbara Gregson .... clearance consultant
 

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Also Known As:
"My Cinematographer" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual images
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95 min
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Features America America (1963)See more »
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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Missed potential that comes from Mark's failure to work with what he gets – not from Haskell's bl00dy-mindedness, 4 September 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The title references a story recalled by Wexler junior and is a well chosen one as perhaps the story is a small illustration of the relationship between the success father and his son. I came this film because I recognised Wexler from Medium Cool and the Making Of film I saw recently, but I was even more interested when I realised quite how many famous films I had seen where he had been the cinematographer. I, like many others, thought "here is an interesting man and hopefully a good documentary". Sadly it isn't – or at least, not in the way that I hoped it would be.

Mostly we hear little of Wexler the filmmaker and even as a man, the film is unable to really bring out the person so much as just seeing him being grumpy and deliberately difficult. Maybe this is who he is, but even if this is true the film doesn't really capture this very well or even structure it – it just happens as a side-effect of nothing else working. At times (most notably in the early stages) the scenes where Haskell directs over the top of his son Mark offered interest because I thought it would be a good way where the film could get him talking about the craft and the film would be strong on that. Although this happens in miniature here and there, it just happens and doesn't seem to be something deliberate that is followed up on and the potential in these scenes are never realised.

Mark has done lots of interviews for this film but few are used for more than a snippet here and there. Instead we get the majority of the film depicting the relationship between father and son as they argue and Haskell continually forces his will onto Mark. In this way it is interesting because, regardless of who the person is (and in this area it doesn't really matter that the father is a famous cinematographer) the unspoken story offers potential. Some have said that the way Haskell hijacks the film makes it a mess and a failure – but I disagree. The mess came in the editing suite and the failure is the failure to pull all these "real" moments into a structure where they are the film. Instead these moments again just happen and the inability to harness them and make them in to a film is what frustrated me – not the fact that they happened.

However without this happening, it did leave me agreeing with several others who question the value of the film. It doesn't do a good job looking at Haskell's career; nor does it do a good job looking at him as a man; nor does it do a good job of looking at the craft of the cinematographer; nor does it manage to structure a portrait of a father and son relationship. So what does it manage to do? Well, the truth is, a small amount of each of these but nothing in sufficient quantity or quality to be of real value. Intermittently interesting but mostly it is a messy, out-of-control affair with limited value.

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