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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010)

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The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". Written by Roger Smith

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$6,078 (USA) (10 September 2010)

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A Warm, Loving Remembrance
30 October 2010 | by (Fargo, ND) – See all my reviews

For those of us alive at the time, it was impossible to not have heard of Harry Nilsson and to have been appreciative of a song or two. "Without You" has always been one of my favorites, but beyond that I was in the dark. This movie shines light on the body of work that somehow I missed with so much incredible music being made at the same time.

It is a whimsical but honest look at one of the all-time great raconteurs, a fellow traveler with a coterie of out-sized personalities who largely burned brightly but briefly. Watching how his unlimited talents were gradually eroded away with self-indulgence is a tragicomic spectacle, leaving behind a wake of stories of a life lived at extremes.

Watch it. It will be time well spent.


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