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Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008)

Dominick Dunne , Griffin Dunne , Kirsty de Garis , Timothy Jolley  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dominick Dunne, Griffin Dunne, Robert Evans, Graydon Carter, Joan Didion
  • Directors: Kirsty de Garis, Timothy Jolley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024LQR9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hollywood outcast, best-selling author and chronicler of the rich and famous, Dominick Dunne is one of the world's leading journalists and society commentators. This is his story. Vanity Fair Special Correspondent Dominick Dunne has become known the world over for his vociferous championing of the rights of the victim in high-profile murder cases. His powerful commentaries have made compelling reading in Vanity Fair for a quarter of a century. Now, aged 82, Dunne is covering his last murder trial for Vanity Fair - the trial of music producer Phil Spector - and reflects upon his past as a decorated World War II veteran, his rise and spectacular collapse as a Hollywood producer, and his rebirth as the writer we know today. Dunne's mind offers a fascinating insight into the American psyche and its obsession with fame. Featuring Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, Tina Brown, Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne, and New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith as well as legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans (The Godfather, Chinatown), the film uncovers what lies beneath a life.


Utterly, utterly wonderful. I was completely and totally riveted. ---Mick Brown, The Telegraph (UK)

I loved it! ---Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)

I think it's extraordinary. --Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent, Stardom, and Celebrity June 28, 2009
This is a wonderful film for the inside view of a golden age of media and fame. Dunne said at the Borders Book Store event in NYC that he was not particularly disoriented by being around so very many very famous people, but he acknowledges, and this DVD shows, the talent and appeal of his friends. Today, celebrity seems manufactured. Then, stardom seemed real. The Platinum Pick in USA today read (in part): "A full life gets the documentary it deserves." I'll go with that!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This was released shortly before Dominick Dunne died of cancer in the summer of 2009. Dunne goes over his private life and professional life in great detail. His greatest strength and weakness was that he was utterly beguiled by the rich and famous. He made his entire career out of them. He began as a film producer but bottomed out in that profession. In his his 50s, he reinvented himself as a novelist. I've read some of his books. They are fun but I don't think his novels will be long remembered. Where he really came into his own was with his own daughter's murder, which transformed him into a true crime writer. This was Dunne's true calling and I became a huge fan from that point until his death. He was unapologetic about being on the side of the victim's family, influenced by his daughter's murder. He is best known for his coverage of the O.J. murder trial but he covered every high profile rich and famous case for decades. The last case he covered was Phil Spector's. Dunne's accounts were run in VANITY FAIR monthly. The only time he was off the mark was with Gary Gondit. Dunne admits he was totally "had" by a source who told him some far out stories about Condit and Chandra levy's murder. Dunne repeated this info on air, a defamation lawsuit followed and Dunne ended up paying damages in settlement of the case to Condit.

Watch this documentary to experience him as a character and then read his true crime book compilations. He does a brilliant job of reporting these high profile murders. You can't put them down.

Dunne was also related to some high profile others in the arts. His late daughter Dominique was a rising actress. His son Griffin is an established actor and producer. His brother was the novelist John Gregory Dunne.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Party February 9, 2010
By prof
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If you like Dominick Dunne, you will enjoy this DVD about his interesting life. He is quite frank about his failings, both professional and personal, and he speaks candidly about life as he sees it. He was quite a writer and quite a personality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dominick Dunne - Not Your Average Joe October 16, 2010
Dominick Dunne never struck me as a person about whom I wanted to know more. But when I saw that the documentary After the Party had great reviews, I gave it a chance. I'm glad I watched. Dunne had a fascinating life and he laid himself bare in this documentary.

Like most people, I know Dunne from his later years as a writer for Vanity Fair and as a commentator on Court TV. Dunne was born into a wealthy Connecticut family, but father hated him and considered him to be a sissy. Dominick proved him wrong, however, by winning a bronze star in World War II for rescuing wounded comrades. After the war, he married and fathered five children. The Dunne family eventually moved to Hollywood, where they rubbed shoulders with the stars, and Dominick became a respected producer.

But all was not well. Eventually, Dunne's wife left him, he fell into drug abuse, and his Hollywood career crashed. When Dunne was 50 he decided that he would become a writer - improbably, he pulled it off.

Dunne's honesty makes After the Party much more than the standard biography. He admits that he was a social climber who caused the collapse of his marriage. He admits to many other transgressions as well. Dunne might not have clearly seen himself in all instances, but I think that he was as honest as he could be.

There is a sadness to this film, as well. Dunne admits that he has been celibate for years and that he has no one in his life. He also says that he will keep working "right to the end." Viewers emerge with a sense that - even though Dunne had grown a lot during his life - he was still searching.

Dunne was much more than a celebrity gossip columnist. Viewers who are interested in celebrity - and the toll it takes - should watch After the Party.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homage to a well known name dropper! March 4, 2014
By Loie M.
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A great documentary with the wit and wisdom that one expects from this renown gadfly. I admire his vulnerability contrasted to the illustrious life he led. A true pioneer in the golden era of entertainment and eventually a voice for victims rights and their families. I admire him as much for his continuous self-reinvention as I do for his transgressions. His words are a record of a significant era in mid 20th century America. Accurate or not - he captures the power of popular opinion and mirrors the imperfections of popular culture.
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