David Holzman's Diary
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Improvisational filmmaker Jim McBride knew enough of the "cinema verite" genre to poke fun at it in David Holzman's Diary. L.M. "Kit" Carson plays Holzman, who tries to put all of his life experiences on celluloid. His insistence upon poking his camera where it isn't wanted results only in irritation, alienation, and a few bloody noses. As Holzman's life (and his film) becomes harder to follow, the audience is liable to be as confused as Our Hero, especially if they make the mistake of taking this whole thing seriously. Filmed in five days on a $2500 budget,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Essential."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Time has served it very well."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"What makes it so effective as a puzzle film is the way it provokes us to piece together, mentally, the life that David must have had before we met him."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"Holzman's a classic character, a sympathetic-if-pathetic study in generational solipsism, delivering imported French lyricism in clunky flatlands American -- miscast by himself in his own life."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Where most independent productions are founded on self-righteous claims of truth and honesty, McBride's film wittily observes that Hollywood has no corner on illusionism."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Amusing cinéma vérité faux documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An enduring delight from the Underground era."
‑ , Time Out
"Jim McBride's impressive debut, a poignantly funny, improvisational "documentray," became a landmark cult film over the years."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A unique, often brilliant satire."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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