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American Masters: Inventing David Geffen (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NRQTQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Geffen's far-reaching influence - as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist - has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously press and camera-shy, Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this new two-hour documentary.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Premiering as a part of PBS's American Masters series, "Inventing David Geffen" is an engaging look at one of Hollywood's more polarizing power players. David Geffen has made his share of enemies through the years, but there is no denying his impact and success in the entertainment world. Susan Lacy's documentary takes a look primarily at Geffen's rise and his legacy. It's a candid, mostly positive, portrait in which many of Geffen's contemporaries acknowledge the man's volatile reputation while giving credit for his many accomplishments. "Inventing David Geffen" is certainly a respectful tribute. I wouldn't say it is an all encompassing vision of Geffen, though. Lacy's film rarely mentions struggles, hardships, or genuine unpleasantness. Every move Geffen made in his life seems to have led to a pre-determined success story. But if you love the business, Geffen's story is definitely one for the ages.

Admittedly, I probably knew more about Geffen than many before watching this film. But I was still quite impressed by his longevity, the many hats he's worn, and the way he has been able to navigate through different facets of the entertainment industry. Geffen has been an agent, a talent manager, a record mogul, and a movie producer. He manipulated his way into the business with a brashness and single-mindedness that is almost awe inspiring. And he made a name for himself with his dogged determination and commitment to his acts. He followed his heart and his passions and, in doing so, became a force to be reckoned with. I may not always have agreed with his methods, but I'm sure he doesn't much care what I think as he sits upon his empire's throne! And that's perfectly okay. Geffen represents the perfect storm of artistic integrity and business acumen and naked ambition.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary Film-Making At Its Finest November 23, 2012
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Inventing David Geffen is an exceptionally well-made documentary which will be of interest to a very wide audience given the scope of its subject matter as well as the compelling individual at the center of its narrative focus. Wonderfully engaging and entertaining, the film is balanced in its viewpoint and granular in its highly detailed profile of a life that encompasses a broad swath of the American cultural scene over the last forty years. To my taste, Inventing David Geffen is one of the finest biographical documentaries of the last decade and I highly recommended it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enablement July 30, 2013
By Mythos5
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A very well done documentary with remarkable candor by the subject. It illustrates a life dedicated to enablement of a dream (his own) through tapping into the dreams of others. This appears to have been a largely constructive exercise for those around him, creating a larger canvas with shrewd business acumen "you will be rich, but I will be richer". Not a bad trade-off or necessarily unjust, but like most american moguls who build the machinery of commerce, regardless if it is oil, railroads or great music and film; personal vision is paramount with its own code of conduct and laws of gravity. Cheers and good viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Documentary of a Legend January 21, 2014
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David Geffen is now one of my favorite people after having watched "Inventing David Geffen." His life and rise to mogul status is nothing short of astonishing and inspiring, and it is a story told so well by the makers of this film. I loved every bit of it. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great autobiography, clearly pretty pro-david geffen January 20, 2014
By Kusha
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Inventing David Geffen was a fantastic documentary about a billionaire that has probably influenced most Americans but whom most Americans have probably never heard about. Geffen is a classic entrepreneur, and has also lived among and influenced the rich and famous elite entertainers in Hollywood. If you like well-crafted biopics, autobiographies, and interviews, you'll love this film. If you want an unbiased account of the life and times of David Geffen, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done documentary! January 12, 2014
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This film was very well done and very informative about the music business in the golden age of rock. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stays with you. January 7, 2014
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This documentary was very well done. We love documentaries and this one did not disappoint. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must see. January 1, 2014
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Didn't know a lot about David and this doc was awesome. The music, the movies and all the talent that he spotted is incredible. The time just flew by and I have to say that I liked it as much as Sound City. Very entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Influenced generation
Very interesting. I had no idea that one person had so much influence on the entertainment of our generation.
Published 25 days ago by Joery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biographical documentary
Excellent biographical documentary about David Geffen. I knew very little about David Geffen. I came away very impressed by his life story, his philosophy and his... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Emily Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting…I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story well told of an incredible guy!
Published 1 month ago by alison sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made documentary of David Geffen
I actually knew very little about Geffen's early years in the music business-my knowledge of him was his involvement with Spielberg and Katzenberg in the Dreamworks studio. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerrold Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch
A brilliant & frank insight into the man behind "the music"
Had me at the start
Published 1 month ago by Susan Rosofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Interesting!
Incredibly informative, well-done documentary about an American entertainment mogul. This documentary does a great job examining Geffen's motives, heart, vision, and personality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martie Canterberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
truly inspiring
Published 2 months ago by Bar Yochai
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and a lot I had never heard or read in the past
David Geffen has always intrigued me. I read a lot about his accomplishments but never was able to find much to read about him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jimmy p
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT! Bravo!
I've watched this documentary several times. It's so well done, I had to have it.

What a superb character study. What a character! Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Saccheri
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