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Product Details

  • Actors: L.M. Kit Carson, Eileen Dietz, Robert Lesser
  • Directors: Jim McBride
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Holzman's Diary is one of the most influential films of the 1960's, an ''ingenious puzzle movie'' (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader) that charts the self destruction of a media-saturated youth. As news from the Vietnam War and social unrest blares over the radio, David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson) unloads comic-neurotic monologues to his 16mm camera. When his relationship with Penny (Eileen Dietz) goes south, he retreats further into moving images, secretly recording his pretty neighbor and even turning his lens to the TV shows he watches. No longer able to deal with life outside celluloid all of his ties to the real world begin to erode. This ''totally delightful satire'' (NY Times) of a narcissistic artist is also a well-crafted fiction about the depictions of cinematic illusionism. Early on, Holzman quotes Jean-Luc Godard's famous dictum that ''the cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.'' As director Jim McBride (Breathless (1983), The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire!) teaches and Holzman soon learns, it lies just as often. This Special Edition includes Jim McBride's full length film ''My Girlfriend's Wedding'' (61 minutes), achieving the director's intention for these two films (David Holzman's Diary & My Girlfriend's Wedding) to be shown together for the first time. Also included on this Special Edition Blu-ray is McBride's ''Pictures From Life s Other Side'' (45 mins) and his short ''My Son s Wedding to My Sister-In-Law'' (8 Mins).

Review

An enduring delight from the underground era. --Time Out

A landmark in independent filmmaking that feels as fresh as ever. --Cinematheque

A delightful satire... Time has served it very well. --The New York Times

A landmark in independent filmmaking that feels as fresh as ever. --Cinematheque

A delightful satire... Time has served it very well. --The New York Times

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allan MacInnis on March 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is NOT a poorly shot diary film by a guy named David Holzman, as some other reviewer implies. It's a CONSTRUCTION, a work of art, a film about film, with L.M.Kit Carson (who was involved in the writing of PARIS TEXAS and has done other stuff, though, sorry, man, I forget what) PORTRAYING the starving artist obsessed by the need to document his life. The film is so realistic, as a sort of mock-verite, that even I, on first viewing it on latenight TV some years ago, not being familiar with the work, thought it was really a diary film, though it's a little too coherent in it's concern for the role of the artist -- too thematically unified -- for one to remain convinced of this for long. Still, the fact that people DO get fooled is a testament to the film's realism. The director, Jim McBride, went on from this astonishingly intelligent little movie to make what I think of as "forgettable Hollywood schlock" like THE BIG EASY. Despite this, serious film buffs -- in both the sense of people who like serious films, and people who are serious buffs -- should check this out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nobody on April 15, 2007
Format: DVD
In the sixties Jean-Luc Godard claimed that film was truth 24 frames a second. So David Holzman endevours to see it's true by filming himself to establish some truth about his life. `David Holzman's Diary' is essentially a subtle psuedo-documentary or mockumentary exploring what can be regarded as truth in an emerging media-made reality. It's easy to believe that what we are seeing is real but in reality is scripted and acted and directed. What director Jim McBride (who worked as a news cameraman) is doing is satirizing Godard's theory along with whole direct cinema movement which included D. A. Penebaker (Don't Look Back,1967) and the Sayles brothers (Salesman, 1968). A similar film worth checking out also is Haskell Wexler `Medium Cool' (1969) which takes a greater behind the camera look at the issue blurring line between reality and fiction.

`David Holzman's Diary' is a great film and well worth watching. The Second Run DVD come with an interview of Jim McBride as well as his short film `My Girlfriend's Wedding'(1969)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Amy on December 14, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
brothers. I felt like the Boston Strangler was operating the camera as the "verite" subjects were inside of their own homes and being shot through windows, from the street, in the final segment. It has occured to me that being a "verite" subject could easily rub a person the wrong way. And other parts of this movie- such as splices of all different images to have appeared on TV during the course of an evening (in 1967- so not only is it an amazing experience, visually, to grok this- it also is a nostalgia trip). And the continuous pan- if that's the correct tech term- of people relaxing on park benches not only satirizes "verite" but also could be real "verite" in that I felt that something about the human condition was conveyed.
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Format: Blu-ray
Cinéma vérité. It is a style of documentary filmmaking, combining naturalistic techniques with stylized cinematic devices of editing and camerawork, staged set-ups, and the use of the camera to provoke subjects.

During the '50s through the '70s, Cinéma vérité was a way for one to analyze the war, one's way of life, society... and sure enough, one man would create a fake documentary titled "David Holzman's Diary" to showcase the style of documentary filmmaking but also to made viewers at the time wonder...was it fake or was it real?

Whatever that answer may be, one thing is clear... the mock documentary became a bonafide American classic and some consider the film as the beginning of the mockumentary.

And just to think that this film came from Jim McBride, the popular filmmaker with a string of mainstream box office hits with "Breathless" (1983), "The Big Easy" (1987) and "Great Balls of Fire!" (1989) and directing TV episodes of "The Wonder Years" (1990-1991), McBride was known for his independent film work.

Primarily for the film "David Holzman's Diary", a film that is a parody on the art of documentary-making and McBride's first film that was selected in 1991 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

To celebrate McBride's independent film career, Lorber Films is releasing "David Holzman's Diary" on Blu-ray but also including three other of his films, documentaries "My Girlfriend's Wedding" (1969), "Pictures from Life's Other Side" (1971) and "My Son's Wedding to My Sister-in-Law" (2008).

"David Holzman's Diary" revolves around Daviz Holzman (played by L.M.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james bernath on September 7, 2011
Format: DVD
I don't know how the NY Times could call this hilarious, when the first thing out of "David Holzman"'s mouth is how he has both lost his job and gotten his induction letter in the mail, which means a certain trip to Vietnam in the very near future. What follows is full of irony and dread, as it captures both the NYC of the late '60s in gritty black & white, and the emotional turmoil of the self-documenting "Holzman". It is certainly a deviously realistic parody of documentarians and of cinema verite auteurs like Cassavetes and his seminal work "Shadows". But there is too much angst and fear in the handsome and yet foolish young man as he stalks his ex-girlfriend in the few days remaining to him before (probably) perishing in Southeast Asia, to ever call this brilliant piece of work humorous.
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