This documentary captures the life story of legendary Hollywood producer and Paramount chief Robert Evans, the first actor to ever to run a film studio. The film shares the same name as Evans’s famous 1994 autobiography.
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Has a great, intriguing subject with Robert Evans, arguably the best American mainstream Hollywood Producer/Studio Head of all time. But it feels too much like an information dump in its voice-over presentation, without a dramatic arc, nor much emotion. Also, it's very one-sided as it is solely narrated by its subject. But it does do perhaps what Evans wants... and that is it makes you want to be him.
The rise and fall and re rise of a man. Worth it for the classic v/o quotes and AWESOME original footage:
"Any man who thinks he can read the mind of a woman is a man who knows nothing"/
"It was my first experience into the world of white. The seducer had been seduced"/
"If you live by the sword know damn well you can die by it"/
"Do you believe in miracles? well I do now".
It's a fairly interesting story of a key time in Hollywood but what comes over most, despite his honesty, is his incredible vanity, even simple phone calls are turned into self-aggrandising vignettes. He admits he can't act, well he can't do voiceovers either. I'm with Ali McGraw on this one.
The graphical treatment was interesting and possibly new back in 2002. But the narration was annoying and all in all cliche of the Hollywood lore variety. There is an interesting story to be told about this, but this didn't go any deeper than a self indulgent surface.
In the end, it never convinced me why I should care. Key caveat - I tend not to like Hollywood movies about Hollywood, so if you like hearing about deals, egos and celebrities, this may be of some interest.