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My Girlfriend's Wedding (1969)

Not Rated | | Documentary
Jim McBride followed his wildly inventive debut, DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY, with this thought-provoking documentary about his then-girlfriend, Clarissa Ainley, and her 'marriage of convenience'... See full summary »

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Jim McBride followed his wildly inventive debut, DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY, with this thought-provoking documentary about his then-girlfriend, Clarissa Ainley, and her 'marriage of convenience' to another man. "In many respects," states critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, MY GIRLFRIEND'S WEDDING is "the best 'critique' of DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY that I know." When Rosebaum interviewed the director for Positif in the 1970s, McBride noted that he was "fond of referring to it as a fiction film, because it was very much my personal idea of what Clarissa was like and not at all an objective or truthful view."

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David Holzman's Diary, for real though
8 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This documentary by Jim McBride about his British girlfriend Clarissa and her decision to marry another man for a green card is undeniably from the maker of the great pseudo-cinema-verite mockumentary DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY... but this time it's real. Interesting as a time capsule, it is still way too long at 60 minutes for a movie in which the big event takes only about five and is bookended by endless talking.

It remains a necessary preface, however, for McBride's far more energetic and far superior self-reflexive doc PICTURES FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE, which picks up the couple and their son (Clarissa's, from a previous relationship) a few years later on a cross-country road trip looking for a new home. Even though imdb doesn't list it, I saw the films as a double feature a few months ago, and I highly recommend the experience.


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