Tell Them Who You Are
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As the film reveals, Mark decided to produce a documentary about his dad as his dad approached his 80th birthday. The film is a little uncomfortable to watch at times and completely unscripted, yet I could not stop watching. From the opening scenes where Haskell is critical of Mark's questions and filming approach, to the closing scenes where Mark takes Haskell to visit Mark's mother and Haskell's ex-wife who has Alzheimers, there is a steady softening of Haskell's attitude toward his son. In the end, Haskell expresses (a rare event for his hardened ego) gratitude for his son and the connection between father and son is made, or at least a connection is started on a new emotional level.
In-depth interviews with some of Hollywood's greats about being the offspring of a powerful parent (or being a powerful parent) adds to the universal appeal of this great documentary. This movie transcends Hollywood. No glitz here. Just regular people who happen to be in the entertainment business. Highly recommended. Thank you, Mark, for making this film.
What could have been a dreary, by-the-numbers clebrity bio becomes instead a profound and deeply felt investigation into the sometimes thorny relationship between acclaimed cinematographer/documentarian Haskell Wexler and his not-so-famous filmmaker son Mark. It's a film that is both humorous and heart-breaking, with many insightful moments from surprising sources. It's fascinating to watch this documentary expand far beyond the limits of its localized Hollywood subject matter and touch such a universal emotional chord with fathers and sons in all walks of life.
I thank both Wexlers for this brave film.
The title of the film comes from Haskell Wexler's advice to his son when Mark started getting involved in the business. What it meant was tell people your father is Haskell Wexler. Born into a privileged life, Wexler got into making documentaries and established a reputation as a first-rate cinematographer and as an outspoken liberal. The son of Wexler's second wife, Mark talks about the point in his life when he realized that the U.S. government was bigger than his father and became a conservative, more out of a need to tick off his father than out of profound ideological conviction. That becomes part of the inherent tension between the documentarian and his subject (Wexler refuses to sign the release form for the film despite Mark's plea to trust him), but there is also the fact that Wexler thinks he knows more about making a documentary than his son. He probably does, but the old man (Wexler is in his early 80s), has no compunctions about communicating his superiority.Read more ›
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These "folks" make movies, think too highly of themselves for some foolish reason,
THEN have the audacity to FILM themselves thinking out loud and sharing these
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Three stars because three is halfway between one and five, and this movie is half bad and half good, the improvement coming about half way into it. Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by Marcuso
Early in the documentary TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE, the movie's star (legendary cinematographer-director Haskell Wexler) tells his son Mark (the director of the movie) that he's not... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Richard Hine
Thank you, I received it very quickly and enjoyed receiving it. I collect Julia Robert Movies.Published on June 13, 2008 by CrochetLady
A son finds a way to form a relationship with his Dad - appeal to his vanity by making a movie about him and visit Julia Roberts together. Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by Markus Youssef
"Tell Them Who You Are" is an amazing film. I rented the DVD thinking that I might like it because I am a fan of "Cuckoo's Nest", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by Christopher B. Murray
I had no idea who Haskell Wexler was before I started watching this highly entertaining and well made documentary. Read morePublished on February 16, 2006 by Cj D. Vries
This is a curious and oddly entertaining little film. The son of a troubled but talented director makes a movie about his realtionship with his father, in the process exploring his... Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Kcorn
I enjoyed seeing Haskell Wexler in some candid moments, but I was continually rattled by the contrast between this film's portrayal of a truly accomplished cinematic artist, the... Read morePublished on December 2, 2005 by Fred Zappa