Dominick Dunne: After the Party
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I loved it! ---Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)
I think it's extraordinary. --Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies
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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.Read more ›
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.
I didn't know much about this man, I only heard about him from Frank Langella's book 'Dropped Names' (I really enjoyed that book too). After watching this and reading the snippet from Frank's book, all I can say is .... I think he has more good in him than bad or ugly. Certainly, nobody can take away his brave act in saving a wounded soldier in WW II. That alone, shows a nobility of spirit that is very thin on the ground amongst the glitterati that is Hollywood.
I came away liking the man, warts n' all.
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I've read a ton of his work, but didn't know much about his personal life. This was very interesting on many levels!Published 5 months ago by Jackiegmasters
Whoops, I didn't know he had died. I thought this biography/documentary was very well done!! I always loved the way he told stories. Read morePublished 6 months ago by debbiefaye