I'm From Hollywood / My Breakfast With Blassie
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Andy pushes the boundries of what is acceptable, in the name of humor, maybe more strongly here than anywhere ever seen. This is anti-Seinfeld stuff. Seinfeld describes commonplace things in an uncommon way to make familiar situations seem strange and funny, giving you a chuckle - standard standup. In this film, Andy taunts an audience of thousands in a Tennessee ampitheater, after telling them that they are stupid, and unclean. He plays a character - an arrogant "hollywood" guy, who has some need to prove his physical superiority by beating up women. In doing this, he makes himself into a kind of ridiculous villian, and the audience swells with hatred for him. Example of his extravances: he struts around the ring wearing a GIANT crown and velvet cape, claiming to be the "King of Tennessee". Right before getting pummled by the "hero", Jerry Lawler. Andy, wearing long underwear under his boxer shorts, spends most of the match trying to escape Jerry by running and hiding (in the ring).
This character would be easily dismissed if the insults were not so real, and painful, and I think this is what makes the comedy so biting... it comes very close to pain. The very satisfying thing about Andy is that, though you might have to wait a long time for the punchline, it always comes, and it is all the laugh is all the stronger for having to wait so long!
This is the kind of DVD that you have to get to hand off to friends.
While Andy's put-ons and antics were well known from the beginning of his career, even the seasoned comedy pros and those closest to him thought Andy had pretty much lost it by the time he climbed into the ring with Jerry Lawler. When you watch this DVD, you will be amazed as even Robin Williams proffers that perhaps Andy had finally slipped that thin, vague line he seemed to tread.
This is a well produced DVD. The songs, cheesy as they may be, can be almost catchy at times. The interviews are first class, and the production, while obviously low-budget, is surprisingly well done. On the bonus side, you also get "My Breakfast With Blassie," which you really must see to believe.
This DVD is only for those who hold Andy in a special place in their hearts, not those whith only scant familiarity. If you're new to Andy, buy "Man on the Moon" and couple it with Bob Zmuda's book. If Andy has already found a niche in your heart, by all means, order this today.
This documentry is great for two reasons. First, you get to see this comedic genius at his absolute best (in my opinion) running wild on the wrestling scene in Memphis. Who knows what ever drove him to get into pro wrestling, but he sure was great while it lasted. Second, you get to see some classic Memphis wrestling clips from a time, which if you're any kind of collector, you know are very scarce. This is absolutely billiant - something I could watch a thousand more times. I'm a huge fan of Andy kaufman and classic pro wrestling both, so for me this is the ultimate package.
However, as I've read in other reviews, I would have to agree that you really have to be a huge fan to enjoy this. I would recommend Man on the Moon to anyone not familiar with his work beyond Taxi.
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Andy loved wrestling. This tells the story of how he became a heel in the Memphis scene. It's not bad if you like Andy or wrestling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Exidor
The wrestling footage is priceless....really enjoyed this documentary. He did a brilliant Elvis impression also.Published 16 months ago by Suze
"I'm From Hollywood" is just about as thorough a synopsis of Kaufman's wrestling career as a 60-minute mockumentary could ever hope to be. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by drqshadow
This film is a fitting tribute to a comic genius. It is well done.
That's all that I have to say about it.
I love this DVD.One could make an arguement based on his ability to draw heat that Andy Kaufman was one of the greatest professional wrestlers of the modern era. Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by David M. Goode
I agree with Steve Puchalski (author of SLIMETIME) when he calls Kaufman "The King of S***heel Schtick". Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by TelegramSam
Being a big-time wrestling fan from the old-days, I really dugged the classic wrestling footage from the Mid-South Coliseum featuring Jerry "The King" Lawler's old wrestling... Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Bigstory
The wrestling between jerry lawler and andy kaufman was all staged or 'worked' as they say in the business, but it is fun to see again. Read morePublished on January 17, 2008 by John Nixon
As another reviewer points out, I never buy DVD's unless they're a keeper. This one is. Andy Kaufman participated in arguably the best show business hoax/performance art piece of... Read morePublished on February 3, 2007 by Kyle Lund