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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 (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NRQTQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,344 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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I think I will enjoy Inventing David Geffen for a long time to come.
Zarathustra
This documentary does a great job examining Geffen's motives, heart, vision, and personality.
Martie Canterberry
The time just flew by and I have to say that I liked it as much as Sound City.
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Keast on November 25, 2013
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Oh yeah, what an upstanding American success story. Really something to admire. Got his start by forging his academic credentials and lying on his resume. Then lied and manipulated his way further up the proverbial ladder. Felt "devastated and crushed" that his singer-songwriter protege, Laura Nyro screwed him over by going to Columbia Records, only to turn around and do the same thing to his "family" of artists at Asylum Records when he traded his artistic and personal integrity for corporate power and control. (And that's only the beginning.) Right. Just how we want all our children to "make it" in this world. Because we all know that the ends justifies the means...right?

Read that he lives a lavish and self-indulgent lifestyle--complete with yachts and mansions, and has 41-years-his-junior "boy toys." And we are supposed to admire this 69-year-old boy-child who is clearly long on smarts and pathetically short on scruples...and morals? A man who has been dubbed "ruthless" and "self serving." Because what? He puts together big Hollywood deals? Was a mentor to rock stars? "Was born confident." Values the almighty dollar and being a big power player above everything else? Is charming? Really?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Lawrence Hauser on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mythos5 on July 30, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kusha on January 20, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Hamilton on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. baugher on 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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