Through an unconventional use of concise narrative, a conceptual collage of sounds and images, and a rapid-fire montage, Arthur Lipsett's first film vividly portrays the urban estrangement in the times of social erosion and materialism.
This documentary short film looks at the devastating and costly problems, including seasonal flooding and erosion of precious topsoil, associated with the Mississippi River system and promotes more Federal projects to remedy the situation.
Roger Tilton wrote (what little there is in this mostly unrehearsed short), directed and produced this short subject shot in the Central Plaza Dance Hall in New York City. It is a frenzied,... See full summary »
Pee Wee Russell,
Willie 'The Lion' Smith
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »
The story of a solitary man who refuses to leave a Greek island (at one time a leper colony) is told by a strange variety of characters who don't have much to say except to repeat their ... See full summary »
If you're wondering why Paul Anka refuses to throw in the towel and admit that his time in the spotlight is over (have you heard his recent rendition of "Eye of the Tiger" sung as if he's performing in a piano lounge?) just watch "Lonely Boy" for your answer.
How could anyone keep their head firmly below the clouds when they're surrounded by yes-men--fans and managers alike--proclaiming that they're the next best thing to the coming of the Messiah? I think my favorite moment comes when Anka's manager tells the camera, in all seriousness, that Anka is the most important artist since Shakespeare.
All of the people in this are unintentionally hilarious, but the documentary as a whole is a rather sad look at one man's brief moment at the peak of his fame and his refusal to let it go.
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