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David Holzman's Diary (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 January 1975 (France)
Young filmmaker decides to make a movie of his life.

Director:

Jim McBride
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
L.M. Kit Carson ... David Holzman
Eileen Dietz ... Penny Wohl
Lorenzo Mans Lorenzo Mans ... Pepe
Louise Levine Louise Levine ... Sandra
Fern McBride Fern McBride ... Girl on the subway
Mike Levine Mike Levine ... Sandra's Boy Friend (as Michel Lévine)
Robert Lesser ... Max, Penny's agent (as Bob Lesser)
Jack Baran Jack Baran ... Cop
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Storyline

This fake documentary which appears quite real on the surface is about a young man making a movie about his everyday life and discovering something important about himself and his reality. This film is not a real documentary or is it? Written by Michael "Durrutti" Valenzuela <mvalenzu@ucsd.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Pepe: The problem is you want to make a movie out of your life, all right. So you want to be in it and you want Penny to be in it and me to be in it. And I'm an interesting character. But you're not an interesting character to watch, and Penny is certainly not an interesting character at all.
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Connections

Referenced in La última película (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson Jr., Lewie Steinberg and Steve Cropper
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
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The fuss is that it's a satirical piece
13 June 2002 | by urbandkSee all my reviews

I guess you would get confused if you didn't understand the hype and hoopla surrounding the cinema verité movement during this era.

David Holzman's Diary serves to lampoon cinema verité by showing one dull, overly introspective scene after another. It's a thinly-veiled attack on what director Jim McBride saw as a pretentious cinematic form.

The fact that cinema verité is not widely regarded today (except in film schools) is a testimony to how dated this film now appears. That said, Roman Coppola endlessly references this film in his debut, "CQ". Perhaps McBride's film will enjoy a bit of a renaissance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

David Holzmans Tagebuch See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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