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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

257 of 1001 Movies: David Holzman's Diary (1967)

There are some brilliant things about the docufiction. If it wasn't so boring I could appreciate it more. Many thought didn't know that Jim McBride was making a fake film though, and L.M Kit Carson seems believable enough as David that you think he's just a really weird and creepy guy who has just filmed his girlfriend naked and asleep. Thankfully for the sake of the viewer not feeling creepy this movie is only fake. It does give you a culturally cool look into the 60's though, but Holzman's life is boring, and I don't blame the guy for being disappointed in how his film turned out.

Summary: David Holzman decides to do a diary of his life with his camera. He has all the equipment to make it work, and sets it up in his apartment and allows it to travel with him while he is out and about. Not all that are in his life though will appreciate the intrusion into their lives including his girlfriend, Penny. She definitely doesn't like the new wheel in their relationship. David though will find that his experiment of filming his own life leaves him with more frustration than answers though.


Acting: L.M Kit Carson is the main actor as David Holzman. I think Carson brings him to life well, but there isn't something easy to like, even likable at all, about Holzman. There aren't really any other main cast members except David, which makes sense considering it's just him trying to capture his perspective of the world. There is Eileen Dietz as Penny though, but honestly it's difficult to weight her performance when the few times you see her she is upset to be filmed, or just laying naked and sleeping on the bed. Other than that people are who David is interviewing or spying on from his apartment.

Filming: The movie does great though about capturing this movie as if it is truly real. Never did I feel at any moment that what was taking place was staged, even though it was. For a bunch of people who didn't do anything huge in their acting careers again, or well ever, they do make it come to life. The camera also does show some cool techniques that are fun to look at, but I think the lead character goes on too long about his love of a certain lenses while the viewer is just sitting there bored. For Jim McBride this would be a great entry into his future career in the entertainment industry though.

Plot: It's not like there is a plot to lead you anywhere on purpose. You basically plop into David's life and see how this film might change him, or at least how he hopes it will change him. The movie starts off strong for half an hour. It tries to explore some interesting ideas, but then after thirty minutes the whole concept is just dull, and it seems like there is enough insight to the surrounding of the 60's for it to be over. It's cool though to see how the real setting of the 60's was taking place while filming, but otherwise I wasn't interested. Kudos for everyone making it feel real though.

If artsy, indie, movies are your thing then this most likely will be. It's even highly recognized as something that is significant in cinema and has been preserved. I thought moments were thoughtful, and David is an interesting guy, but by the end you feel the point was long ago made, and it makes it less entertaining that the whole concept of the movie is just staged.

Rating 6 of 10


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