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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. An original Madison Avenue "mad man," Stern's images helped create modern advertising.
Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion and Hollywood for the past 50 years -- Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and Scarlett Johansson among them -- minted Stern as a celebrity in his own right.
Here, Stern reveals his wild, untold life story to his long-time muse, filmmaker Shannah Laumeister. It seemed Stern could do no wrong, until a dramatic fall from grace. A story of self-creation; rise, fall and reinvention; exploring creativity, celebrity, and desire through the eyes of a man who got everything he wanted. Almost.
A remarkably candid and revealing documentary. Laumeister and Stern's relationship - one of muse and mentor - is intimate and complex, and this unconventional film reflects that. For Stern, taking photographs was like making love - an intense, emotional experience. The images from Marilyn Monroe's Last Sitting remain some of the most iconic and intimate celebrity portraits ever made. As a new season of 'Mad Men' premieres, it's perfectly fitting that the original mad man, Bert Stern, is receiving the accolades that his remarkable life and career deserve. --Phil Bicker, Time Magazine
Eye-opening, intriguing and timely. A highly intimate, fascinating portrait. --Frank Schleck, The Hollywood Reporter
Candid, and at times almost painful in its level of exposure. Stern says: 'I'm a prisoner of all the things I've done.' Oh, but what a whole lot of things he's done. --Antonina Jedrzejczak, Vogue Magazine
Bert Stern = groundbreaking photographer extraordinaire. A must-see for Marilyn Monroe fans.Published 16 days ago by dmv
This movie is wonderful! Superb storytelling, surprises at every turn. Even my family members who did not want to watch it were enthralled from beginning to end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by v rusche
This documentary is more than Stern's picture taking relationship with Marilyn Monroe - it delves into a chronological timeline of a man whose mission was to - not just take a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Compton
I really enjoyed this book and never really knew that he made Vodka so popular in the States. His life was very interesting a lot of similarities to "Don Draper".Published 1 month ago by Carolyn
Have to love this after seeing Bert Stern's iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe in her last days. Adds to the appreciation of his work with Marilyn.Published 11 months ago by movielover
a flawed but perfect film. a human story, with courageous honesty. some told me they love this film, or some told me they hate this film. i loved the movie myself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by value