Trapeze, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success, The Boston Strangler, Some Like It Hot. Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols ...
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Trapeze, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success, The Boston Strangler, Some Like It Hot. Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars. From his difficult upbringing in the Bronx, where he was born Bernie Schwartz, to his unprecedented fame and infamous way with women, Tony Curtis - Driven to Stardom presents Mr. Curtis's life in all its rags to riches glory. Interviews with Tony's family, friends and co-stars (Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte, Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Piper Laurie, Theresa Russell, Jill Curtis among others!) along with exclusive footage and film clips are given deeper meaning and clarity by the most honest and intimate interview the actor may have ever given. Here, in the definitive film about Tony Curtis, filmmaker Ian Ayres forms this incredible material into a revealing portrait of one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities of all time Tony Curtis - Driven to Stardom ... Written by
I'm not a big fan of Tony Curtis, although I may not be in the position to judge for I have not seen much of his work. His role in 'Sweet Smell of Success' is undeniably very well done and intriguing, but his part in 'The Boston Strangler' isn't convincing all the time. Then I've seen him in 'The Great Race', and there, I didn't find him funny at all... If this documentary hadn't been aired via a Dutch public network, I would have probably never come across it.
Still, to learn about how Curtis started out in New York and how he persisted in his career is still interesting enough. None of it seems to be digging very deep; it's a life story told with a pretty fast pace. The problem may have been that this Dutch public network notoriously cuts any documentary from the usual 90 minutes back to a small hour. So I will be merciful:
6 out of 10.
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