David Holzman's Diary
David Holzman's Diary (1967)

This is a tale about a young student who decides to record his daily life on film.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: January 30, 1996
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

This ingenious, scruffy 1967 metafiction by Jim McBride is an exotic fruit grown in New York from the seed of the French New Wave.

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Time Out

An enduring delight from the Underground era.

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Emanuel Levy

Jim McBride's impressive debut, a poignantly funny, improvisational "documentray," became a landmark cult film over the years.

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Joshua Rothkopf
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Nora Sayre
New York Times

Time has served it very well.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Amusing cinéma vérité faux documentary.

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Eric Broome
Obviously ahead of its time, "David Holzman's Diary" is more "important" than entertaining. Directed by the young Jim McBride… More
Patrick Dolan
This is so incredibly engrossing, especially since I thought this film was real. It really played with the notion of documentary, and although just about one… More