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Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 August 2012 (France)
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"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers. Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion ... See full summary »


Shannah Laumeister Stern (as Shannah Laumeister)


Shannah Laumeister Stern (story) (as Shannah Laumeister)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bert Stern Bert Stern ... Himself
Shannah Laumeister Stern ... Herself (as Shannah Laumeister)
Albert D'Annibale Albert D'Annibale ... Himself
Dorothy Tristan ... Herself
David Montgomery David Montgomery ... Himself, photographer
George Lois ... Himself
Carol Halebian Carol Halebian ... Herself
Jerry Della Femina Jerry Della Femina ... Himself
Larry Chilnick Larry Chilnick ... Himself
Louis Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
George Wein George Wein ... Himself
Anita O'Day ... Herself (archive footage)
Judith Crist ... Herself
Barbara Slate Barbara Slate ... Herself, graphic novelist
Lisa Lavender Lisa Lavender ... Herself


"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers. Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion and Hollywood for the past 50 years -- Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn among them -- minted Stern as a celebrity in his own right.

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5 August 2012 (France) See more »

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Bert Stern - L'uomo che fotografò Marilyn See more »


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$4,691, 7 April 2013

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Written by Robert Neary
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"Women are goddesses...men are the slaves."
26 December 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bertram Stern (Oct. 3, 1929 – June 26, 2013) was a school dropout-turned-soda jerk in Brooklyn who eventually found his way into the mail room of Look magazine when he was just 16 years old. After serving in the Army, where his talents as a photographer landed him the opportunity to shoot pictures of the beautiful ladies of Japan, Stern won an award for an amazing Smirnoff vodka ad; this led to his legendary career as a portrait and fashion photographer, with famous subjects including Liz and Dick, Audrey Hepburn, Sue Lyon, Twiggy and, most famously, Marilyn Monroe (he also co-directed a highly-acclaimed 1959 jazz documentary, "Jazz on a Summer's Day", snippets of which are seen here). Directed by his third and final wife, Shannah Laumeister (who hoped to be Stern's next discovery but settled on being his wife and muse), this documentary is not (surprisingly) filled with colorful anecdotes on the rich and famous. Stern (who resembled a more-handsome version of Hugh Hefner in his youth) tells very few behind-the-lens stories; he comes off as a would-be self-effacing man, modest to the point of being arrogant about his modesty, who doesn't think he himself a very good subject. Not all of his celebrity photographs are worthy of the praise he has received (some of the women, with their faraway eyes and sad mouths, look rather hard), although his advertisement layouts are still striking today. This is not an incisive look at the enigmatic Stern, but that's not due to Laumeister's lack of effort. Everything is here for a great film-record of Stern's life, but he appears to have taken the best chapters to his grave. ** from ****

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