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Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)

Candice Bergen , Orson Welles  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Orson Welles, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Martha Plimpton
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSDC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Funny and fast-paced --The New York Time

Neutral is about the only response you won't have. --St Louis Post-Dispatch

A film even Jaglom haters can love!! --The New York Post

Product Description

Hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic, egomaniacal fraud and the wold's worst director, Henry Jaglom obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art. Featuring scores of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, this hilarious documentary about the director of such films as Hollywood Dreams, Festival in Cannes, Eating and Babyfever has grown into an underground cult hit and is now finally available on DVD.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No hagiography April 7, 2008
By meg
Format:DVD
It's been a few years since I've seen this -- I even saw a little of it being shot. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but I am familiar with Jaglom's body of work without being a fan. (I'm a bit more objective than the people who love to despise him.)

I particularly enjoyed the scenes from the location shoot for Last Summer in the Hamptons, with some especially revered actors (Viveca Lindfors, Ron Rifkin, Andre Gregory, Roscoe Lee Brown) working with a director famed for the performances in his films. The most quoted line from the film is Candice Bergen's epigram, "If I'd had Henry as a husband or a father, I could have taken Poland."

All by way of saying that this intelligent and witty documentary about one of THE MOST independent filmmakers working in the U.S. may have a somewhat limited audience. It helps to be at least interested in Jaglom (or perhaps Orson Welles' relationship with Jaglom), but his fans may take a dim view of the rather acerbic tone adopted by the filmmakers. I have heard (but do not agree with) the phrase "hatchet job" from a couple of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heideggerian onanistic solipsism November 6, 2008
Format:DVD
Somehow, the word "buttmunch" always comes to mind when I'm horrified by the existence of Jaglom and the idea that he continues to make movies. That there is a movie *about* him is more horrifying. He is "Ed Wood" without the unselfconsciousness of his own incompetence. But mercifully this film about him is secretly snide and condescending.

"Hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic, egomaniacal fraud and the wold's [sic] worst director..."

Put me firmly in the "voyeuristic, egomaniacal fraud and the world's worst director" column. Orson Welles was clearly only friends with him because he smelled money (Jaglom never ceases to tell you he comes for a wealthy family).

Jaglom hanger-oners speak about him as he "obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art" but I have a better description. Jaglom is a self-obsessed nonentity that can't stop masturbating in public. Heideggerian onanistic solipsism.

Some of my favorite comments from other critics: "Critic Michael Medved imitates a common reaction to Jaglom films, "Oh I hate them...I'd rather be held prisoner in Beirut for three years by Hezbollah than watch another Jaglom film!" The late director Louis Malle adds dryly, "He improvises almost completely. But excuse me, it shows." "

Three stars because it secretly is critical of Jaglom, and the locations are pretty cool sometimes, and Candice Bergen is just so darn lovely.
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