As news from the Vietnam War blares over the radio, David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson) unloads comic-neurotic monologues to his 16mm camera. When his relationship goes south, he retreats further into the world of celluloid. A landmark mockumentary from the rebel 60s.
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Hilarious, prescient and wonderfully inventive critique of the farce-become-all-too-real today of oversharing and of (Bazinian) film realism (and therefore of the pre-Passion Godard and of the Kapò-tracking-shot Serge Daney (and Rivette the critic, if not the filmmaker)).
There are so many things I love about this 1960's artifact! I like watching it in cut-up pieces, or freeze-frame, especially the high-speed-edited TV sequence. The only way to see the individual shots is in that segment is by using freeze-frame, try it! Thanks to Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley for preserving a fine print :)
Saw this on 16mm yesterday at a screening in Philadelphia presented by the Film Studies Department at Temple University. Carson heard about the screening about two weeks before and offered to come down and talk about the film. Very interesting Q&A and he showed a clip of his upcoming Sundance Selects series "Africa Diary."
Man looking to a camera for a mirror.
Camera looking to a mirror for a man.
Meditation on nature of cinema, and more broadly technology and knowledge as truth producing mechanisms.
Fun for the whole family.
i don't know i just feel that there's something sentimental about this like part of the history of film or documentary film and it tells everything you learned everything , this is beyond my admiration
I first saw this in 1969 and took it for real, but when I heard it was staged, my mind was blown - appropriate for the times. I became a LM Kit Carson fan from then on even with his odd remake of Breathless. But THIS - this should be seen by every film student to help stave off bouts of excessive solipsism. Before moc docs became a fad, Holzman's Diary was there. Brilliant and hysterical.
This film is for careful inspection. Not just its shots, edits, acting, but us the viewers, how we react. As an artist, a maker. This is coming from a indelible, brutally honest place. Trials and tribulations, an artist trying to make sense of his material. In the midst of reality and intimate fantasy. This film paints a portrait of the face of the modern man, the delicate line between genius and insanity.