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Bert Stern: Original Madman
Bert Stern, also known for his seminal film Jazz on a Summer's Day, experienced a meteoric career that began as a mailroom-boy at Look Magazine, where he formed a close relationship with young staff photographer Stanley Kubrick. The launch of Stern's career and the Golden Age of Advertising would coincide with Stern's iconic and legendary "Driest of the Dry" campaign for Smirnoff in 1955. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian pyramids, this ad would sell more vodka than Smirnoff had dreamed, transforming America into a martini-sipping country and launching Stern to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An effusive, sad, visually gorgeous, and illuminating portrait of the artist."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"If someone is that bored with their own life, it's not clear why we should bother listening in, no matter what they've accomplished."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The latest in a long parade of limp couture-chronicle documentaries."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Real life Mad Man would make Don Draper jealous."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Here's a documentary that comes from an unusual angle, the subject's lover looking at both the artist and the man dispensing with rose colored glasses."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Now in his 80s, Stern recalls his rise, fall and reinvention without evasion or apology."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"While Bert Stern: Original Madman mines its subject's work for a steady stream of striking visuals, his self-narration proves to be of little interest, offering little variation on a single theme: his love/lust for women."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Nobody is easier on Bert Stern than the filmmaker, four decades his junior, and his long-time squeeze."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"Needs someone tougher to ask questions."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"There are myriad problems with Bert Stern: Original Mad Man -- not the least of which is a title that shamelessly and needlessly gropes for relevance by attempting to cozy up with Don Draper and co."
‑ David Berry, National Post
"It's a documentary that's filled with beautiful images but nonetheless feels unfocused."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, "Bert Stern" is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Feels as though it's all Laumeister could squeeze out of artist before he tired of her company. Although erratic, the picture maintains a basic understanding of Stern's peculiarities and urges."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
""Mad Man" presents a tantalizing overview of Stern's work as a photographer, confidently placing him among the greats in his field. But Stern as a person? Not so great."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Absolutely smashing, revealing documentary about one of the great photographers of our time."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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