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: April 5, 2013
DVD 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

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.

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

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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