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The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996)

The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people - many in the entertainment industry - over a span ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Julie Andrews ... Herself
Lauren Bacall ... Herself
Carol Channing ... Herself
Cy Coleman Cy Coleman ... Himself
Joan Collins ... Herself
Betty Comden ... Herself
Margo Feiden ... Herself
Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer ... Himself
Frank Gifford ... Himself
Kathie Lee Gifford ... Herself
Robert Goulet ... Himself
Adolph Green ... Himself
Dolly Haas ... Herself
Jerry Herman ... Himself
Al Hirschfeld Al Hirschfeld ... Himself
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The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people - many in the entertainment industry - over a span of more than sixty years. He is still drawing in his nineties. His interesting domestic life, political, and cultural views are highlights. In addition, he talks about himself a bit - seriously and lightly.(At one point he he claims that his only form of exercise has been to live in his Manhattan townhouse: stairs). He drives his car around Manhattan - an adventure in itself. Brief interviews with, and reminiscences of many friends and associates. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Line King See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,677, 29 September 1996

Gross USA:

$50,605

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,605
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In the 1960's segment on Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, the recording of "If I Were a Rich Man" playing in the background is not from the Broadway cast album, but rather from a solo Fiddler album recorded by Herschel Bernardi, who played the role of Tevya on Broadway later in the run. See more »

Quotes

Al Hirschfeld: Sculplture is a drawing that you trip over in the dark.
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Connections

References Grace Quigley (1984) See more »

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A Title Well Earned
22 March 2005 | by andersonl01See all my reviews

Amid the entertainment super-stars of the twentieth century—Carol Channing, Lauren Bacall, Joan Collins, Barbara Walters, and more—the white-bearded, bright-eyed Al Hirschfeld cuts a humorous and humble figure. This visual historian doesn't make the stars beautiful in his drawings; he makes them interesting. ESP-like, the line of Hirschfeld's pen reveals an essential and vital character within each of the performers he draws, capturing the rare exuberance with amazing specificity: the gestures, the movements, the facial expressions—all become playfully recognizable as the spirit manifest. What the documentary does especially well is show Hirschfeld at work, and talking about the work. He was 90 years old when interviewed in the film, but seems almost childlike in his delight for his life-long passion. Hirschfeld emerges as the century's most beloved cartoonist, truly earning him the title of The Line King.


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