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David Holzman's diary

Author: Jim McBrideL M Kit CarsonMichael WadleighEileen DietzLouise LevineAll authors
Publisher: [United States : s.n., 1968]
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a spoof of cinema vérité, this film purports to be a filmic diary of one week in the life of filmmaker David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson). Holzman, a fictitious character, constantly films himself. The Nagra sound recorder is seen in the frame recording while he speaks into a microphone. The film begins with Holzman stating the date: "This is July 14, 1967," and ruminating on his recently receiving an A-1 draft  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Experimental films
Documentary films
Parody films
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jim McBride; L M Kit Carson; Michael Wadleigh; Eileen Dietz; Louise Levine; Lorenzo Mans
OCLC Number: 43715787
Notes: No date on film; date supplied from: American Film Institute catalog, 1961-70.
Running time: 01:12:36.
Credits: [Camera, Michael Wadleigh; additional photography, Paul Goldsmith, Paul Glickman.]
Performer(s): [Cast: L.M. Kit Carson (David Holzman), Eileen Dietz (Penny Wohl), Lorenzo Mans (Pepe), Louise Levine (Sandra), Fern McBride (Woman on subway), Michael Levine (Sandra's boyfriend), Bob Lesser (Max), Jack Baran (Cop).]
Event notes: Filmed in New York City.
Description: 2 reels of 2 (2400 ft.) (73 min.) : opt sd., b&w ; 16 mm.
Other Titles: David Holzman's diary (Motion picture)
Responsibility: written by Jim McBride and L.M. Kit Carson ; directed by Jim McBride.

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In a spoof of cinema vérité, this film purports to be a filmic diary of one week in the life of filmmaker David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson). Holzman, a fictitious character, constantly films himself. The Nagra sound recorder is seen in the frame recording while he speaks into a microphone. The film begins with Holzman stating the date: "This is July 14, 1967," and ruminating on his recently receiving an A-1 draft notice. He quotes Godard's maxim "What is truth--24 times a second." Holzman decides to make a diary of his daily life. He drives along W. 71st Street in New York, describing the famous houses. Back at his apartment, he points to photographs of his girlfriend Penny (Eileen Dietz) and describes her characteristics. When she arrives for a visit, he follows her with his camera and tells her how to move. She avoids looking into the camera, and tells him to stop filming her. After Penny leaves, Holzman muses over Penny's refusal to be in his film. He pontificates on the impossibility of creating a true diary documentary, since once an event is filmed, it is no longer reality. Holzman films Penny sleeping; she awakens, enraged at his filming her, and storms out. Now that his mirror-object is no longer accessible, Holzman begins filming unknown women on the street. One comes on to him; another, annoyed at his following her, turns to him and tells him to beat it. Penny breaks up with him, and Holzman begins losing faith in film. At night, he goes to Penny's apartment and films it from the outside. A cop catches him, and takes him upstairs to Penny. She sends the cop away, and then Holzman. The end of the film diary is forced when someone steals his film equipment while he is away at a funeral. Holzman's last sentiment is that he wishes he could have learned something from the film.

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