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