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Who Is Henry Jaglom?

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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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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

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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Orson Welles, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Martha Plimpton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSDC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The documentary itself is fine. However Jaglom's work (with the exception of one film "Last Summer in the Hamptons"), remains problematic for me at best. And this film, which attempts to show both the good and bad of both the man and his work, only succeeds in showing his "process" for what it is- a combination of passive aggressive and aggressive aggressive bullying that forces the poor actors/actresses into babbling messes and results in the mostly rambling incoherent "oeuvre" of Jaglom the "auteur." I think it's great he bullied Candace Bergen into writing her autobiography "Knock Wood" and Andrea Marcovicci into her cabaret career but otherwise I'll await the documentary "Why is Henry Jaglom?"
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Henry Jaglom is a true original. Beyond his own wonderful films, this documentary is the clearest glimpse you're likely to get of the inner workings of his fantastic mind. For fans of independent cinema, this DVD is well worth seeking out.
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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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The French auteur theory aligns the film director with his film. Although not allowing for workmanlike directors who are able to genre jump, the theory maintains that each product has an imposed and recognisably singular vision. As an independent film maker who produces cinema verite style work, Henry Jaglom is described in this doco by Alex Rubin and Jeremy Workman as individual as Godard or John Cassavetes, however their portrait of Jaglom focuses more on the man than his films. Since Rubin and Workman show behind the scenes footage of Jaglom berating his actors, we assume that Jaglom hasn't imposed any restriction on them. If he lets himself be seen like this ... However there is little of Jaglom's film work here. We get Jaglom's home movies, TV interviews, and comments about him by various actors and critics, with more negative than positive input. There is the sense that the makers of the doco assume an audience's knowledge of Jaglom, which gives the title an exasperated clinical tone, from the lack of depth given to his oeuvre, and from the inclusion of negative comments, since how can you appreciate an insult about something you are ignorant of? The footage of Jaglom in tantrum is shown to counter Jaglom's claim of unscripted improvisation as the ultimate freedom for the actor, which he rationalises by stating that it is a technique to help the actor deliver a performance. However it's clear that Rubin and Workman don't buy this defence otherwise they would present the takes that resulted, as evidence. Clearly they are out to do a hatchet job, from the opening credits featuring a steadicam wearing a Jaglom signature hat, Jaglom's taping conversations with Orson Welles without his approval (which Jaglom denies), and his willingness to help up and comer's as being motivationally suspicious.Read more ›
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