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Dominick Dunne: After the Party -- Hollywood outcast, best-selling author and chronicler of the rich and famous, Dominick Dunne was one of the world's leading journalists and society commentators. This is his story.


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  (in credits order)

Dominick Dunne ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Graydon Carter ... Himself

Joan Didion ... Herself

Griffin Dunne ... Himself

Robert Evans ... Himself

Directed by
Kirsty de Garis 
Timothy Jolley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kirsty de Garis 
Timothy Jolley 

Produced by
Kristy de Garis .... producer
Daryl Dellora .... producer
Timothy Jolley .... producer
Sue Maslin .... producer
Original Music by
Antony Partos 
Cinematography by
Andrew Commis 
Alex Hammond 
Film Editing by
Suresh Ayyar 
Sound Department
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
Other crew
Davids Darzins .... legal (as David Darzins)
Greg Sitch .... legal

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Also Known As:
"Celebrity: Dominick Dunne" - Australia (original title)
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85 min


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interesting guy, 21 December 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

A caveat here: I had the occasion to write to Dominick Dunne, and I will never forget how kind he was to me, a total stranger. He was the real deal.

This is an excellent documentary that gives us a great feel for Dunne's entire life, career and the kind of person he was. It shows him talking with people and working, still going strong, and talking bluntly with the interviewer.

This documentary begins with Dunne giving some sort of speech and talking about how a maitre d' was forced by Frank Sinatra to punch him. The way he told it, the audience laughed. But Dominick Dunne never forgot, and could never listen to one note of Frank Sinatra singing again.

Certainly he had a life that many people would have loved, but the way he describes his social lifestyle here, it ruined his marriage to Lenny, the love of his life, a beautiful woman who just couldn't handle the crazy whirl. For Dunne, meeting celebrities, dining with them, going to their parties, writing about them, was heady stuff.

His personal life was filled with tragedy. His father beat him so that he had welts on his body; he never felt as if he belonged anywhere; he and Lenny had five children, two of whom died as infants. His daughter, his "treasure," Dominique Dunne, was strangled by an ex-boyfriend. The Judge gave him 2-1/2 years and then thanked the jury on behalf of the families. Dunne stood in court. "Don't thank them on behalf of my family," he yelled. Security dragged him out of court. "You kept this jury from hearing important evidence," he yelled as he was removed. "I ruined him," Dunne told the interviewer. "He went from Supreme Court to juvenile court to traffic court to no court. I ruined him. And I'm so happy." He finally found his milieu in celebrity crime -- a growth industry, starting with the high-profile Menendez case and enjoying a great career at Vanity Fair. At the time of the interview, he was covering the Phil Spector trial.

Despite being 82 and looking every minute of it, Dunne was a vital man who worked until he died, a year after this documentary. He had been a television producer, writer, an alcoholic who spent six months in a cabin by himself, and befriended, mingled with, entertained, and wrote about some of the most famous people in the 20th and the first part of the 21st century. And for all that, he was remarkably human.

Good documentary, interesting, and entertaining.

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