This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel. We learn where the name came from and why the Directors Guild of ...
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When a rookie filmmaker with the unfortunate name Alan Smithee realizes he's an unwitting studio puppet, being forced to make a big-budget action movie, he knows is horrible, he steals the master reels and tries to make a deal.
'Alan Smithee' is a film about a boy growing up. It delves into the darker side of what 'growing up' sometimes means: growing into your flaws, inevitably being met with the errors of your ... See full summary »
This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel. We learn where the name came from and why the Directors Guild of America (DGA) first allowed his name to be used on Richard Widmark's western Death of a Gunfighter (1969). The film follows the numerous problems that director Tony Kaye had during the production and post-production of the film American History X (1998) and why the DGA refused to allow Alan Smithee to be credited for that film.Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Who is Alan Smithee?" is not a perfect documentary, but it is pretty good and a GREAT film for film students or anyone who loves films. Plus, while I know a ton about movies, there were some interesting things the documentary taught me. While MANY folks out there know about the pseudonym 'Alan Smithee' and what it means, many younger folks don't and it's worth learning why films occasionally have him listed as the director. My only complaints, and they are minor, is that the film has a cheap made on video look and I wish it was longer and more comprehensive. Neither is a big problem--the folks who made the film did what they could afford and it's not meant to be longer and explore every Smithee film.
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