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Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everyone Talking About Him)?

2006

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A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary about The Beatles's favorite American musician, WHO IS HARRY NILSSON (AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKIN' ABOUT HIM?) is a vibrant and definitive portrait of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. Directed by Emmy and Grammy nominee John Scheinfeld (THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON), the film combines compelling interviews with Nilsson's family, friends and colleagues -- including Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Robin Williams, Micky Dolenz and Yoko Ono -- with rare and never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, and excerpts from a recently discovered oral autobiography. The film delves deeply into Nilsson's artistic process, his spirited relationship with John Lennon, and the additions that haunted him in and outside the studio -- as well as the peace he found as a devoted husband and father.

Starring:
Gerry Beckley, Lee Blackman
Runtime:
21 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director John Scheinfeld
Starring Gerry Beckley, Lee Blackman
Supporting actors Perry Botkin Jr., Ray Cooper, Micky Dolenz, Stanley Dorfman, Terry Gilliam, Bruce Grakal, Doug Hoefer, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Hudson, Danny Hutton, Eric Idle, Rick Jarrard, Al Kooper, Trevor Lawrence, John Lennon, Randy Newman, Annie Nilsson, Beau Nilsson
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Elizabeth Calderon on August 15, 2010
Format: DVD
I have seen the final version of this film, having been to a screening at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans.

I am simply blown away by this documentary. I'd been waiting to see it for four years, and I was convinced that because I had such high expectations, that it would disappoint. I am thrilled to say that the film not only met my expectations, but actually exceeded them.

This film is a brutally honest look at the man, Harry Nilsson. It shows how beautifully talented he was, and how everyone around him truly loved him, but it did not shy away from the wild antics that were ultimately Harry's downfall. One interviewee made the statement, "Harry was like a big bunny rabbit with really sharp teeth." I think that the film shows just how appropriate that statement is.

There were times that I laughed out loud and times that I came close to openly sobbing. I have a feeling that if I had not been at a public viewing, I would have been openly sobbing.

The director mentioned that this final version has a different ending than what he originally screened several years ago. I have not seen that first ending, but I can say that if Harry was able to comment on the version I saw, that he would approve. It was funny, sad, and poignant, all rolled into one. I don't think Harry would have wanted it any other way.

This is a vivid portrait of a very complex man. There was the raw talent and potential, the self-destructive behavior, the loving father and husband, the alcoholic, the activist. All of these were Harry Nilsson. Even someone who didn't know of Harry before this film would be moved.

NOTE ADDED ON 10/17/10: I want to try to write quality reviews that are helpful to people.
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I saw this superb documentary that brings Harry Nilsson to vivid life in a theatre in Santa Monica several years ago and am delighted that it is finally coming to DVD. You really get a sense of the manic, wild ride that was the life of Nilsson in this film told by the people who loved him. I can't wait to see it again and it sounds like there is some great bonus material as well. The story of his close friendship with Ringo is quite touching. Even the stories of his funeral, taking place during the roaring aftershocks of the Northridge earthquake, are heartfelt and hilarious.
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I can't say enough good things about this movie. It's reverent without being obsequious; moving without being melodramatic; insightful, thorough, funny- they really did such a wonderful job.

As for the subject himself- what a truly compelling character! Even if you are only nominally familiar with Nilsson and his music, this movie is pretty much guaranteed to make you a fan.
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The documentary WHO IS HARRY NILSSON (AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKIN' ABOUT HIM)? says it all in its title. Although it sounds like a query of purpose, I think that question - "Who is Harry Nilsson and why is everybody talking about him?" - is the film's conclusion. The most esteemed talents in the arts are Harry Nilsson fans, but does anyone understand the man?

Director John Scheinfeld does not give himself a head start, making WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? over a decade after the singer-songwriter's untimely 1994 death. The best Scheinfeld can do is present original discussions with the artist's family, friends, and admirers while relying on film archive and audio recordings of Nilsson for the rest of the story.

I own half a dozen Nilsson albums, having picked up on him from both his music on the radio and being a Beatles fan noting Nilsson's contributions to Ringo Starr's and John Lennon's records and theirs to his. WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? leaves me thinking Nilsson's association with the Beatles may have been both a blessing and a curse to his career. John Lennon's and Paul McCartney's late 1960s public admiration of Nilsson help his songs get on the radio. But being the pal of the biggest band in history, Nilsson lets music fans forget what he's all about. Had the Beatles kept their appreciation private, Nilsson's talent probably would have led to commercial success on it own terms anyway, maybe even greater than it was with a little help from those friends. We'll never know.

Nor may we ever find out what happens when Harry Nilsson visits the Beatles in England, as according to his record producer Rick Jarrard, he returns home to America a changed man. WHO IS HARRY NILSSON?
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This is the kind of documentary I always look for. It's such a great journey. The influence he had over the music world, both personally and artistically, is just staggering. More than that, it delves into the man himself. He had such heart, spirit, and talent that I was totally blown away. It's an incredible examination of a very wonderful and creative time in music history and one of it's biggest, yet unknown, players. I couldn't help but revisit my modest Nilsson collection, and pursue some more...I'm very glad I did. What a cool movie.
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