The charming personality and history of Al Hirschfeld alone are good reasons to watch this document, which is a mixture of history and interviews. I can imagine how difficult it was to contain over 90 years of someone's life within less than 90 minutes. I wish some periods, like the 30s and 40s, not to mention the 60s, were presented in more detail.
Oscar nominated documentary feature doesn't just offer a history of artist Al Hirschfeld but perhaps of Broadway itself. From his modest beginnings in the twenties to the firmly established celebrity in the nineties Hirschfeld seemed to always be able to capture the essence and humanity of his subjects making caricature not parody but tribute.
The personality of Hirschfeld makes for a great viewing experience, alongside the respect (and time) given to the artwork. However, this is a very standard documentary, a timeline of a life to which an homage is due. It lacks a cinematographic point of view to transform it into something more.
Any opportunity to share the are of Al Hirshfeld is welcome. Going further in depth into his art an style only better explains both his cultural significance and his talent. There is nothing extrodinary to the film beyond the art you are shown, though that is well worth the viewing.
A fun and interesting look into a lesser known facet of American theater with an all-star cast of Broadway legends helping to narrate the life of the artist who helped shaped the public’s perception of entertainment. It is a true rags-to-riches story about one of the great American artists of the 20th century and is as captivating as it is enlightening.