Bert Stern: Original Madman
Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 12, 2013
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

An effusive, sad, visually gorgeous, and illuminating portrait of the artist.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

The latest in a long parade of limp couture-chronicle documentaries.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Now in his 80s, Stern recalls his rise, fall and reinvention without evasion or apology.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

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.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

Nobody is easier on Bert Stern than the filmmaker, four decades his junior, and his long-time squeeze.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a documentary that's filled with beautiful images but nonetheless feels unfocused.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, "Bert Stern" is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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.

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