David Holzman's Diary

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David Holzman's Diary
Directed by Jim McBride
Produced by Michael Wadleigh
Written by Jim McBride
Starring L.M. Kit Carson
Cinematography Michael Wadleigh
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500[1]

David Holzman's Diary is a 1967 American film, directed by Jim McBride, which interrogates the art of documentary-making.

It may be considered a docufiction: paradoxically, despite the film is in fact a false autobiography and documentary, «a fairy tale», it represents the filmmaker's life and experience and also the world in which the action takes place with documentary realist techniques. The mirror metaphor is explicit in the film as code for reality.

It tells the story of a young man making a documentary of his life, who discovers something important about himself while making the movie.

It stars L.M. Kit Carson, Eileen Dietz, Lorenzo Mans and Louise Levine. This was McBride's directorial debut. He has since gone on to direct more mainstream work like Great Balls of Fire!, The Big Easy, and episodes of television shows such as Six Feet Under and The Wonder Years.

David Holzman's Diary opened in New York City in December,1973.[2] In 1991, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3] A Blu-ray release from Lorber Films was scheduled on August 16, 2011.[4]

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  1. ^ Gelmis, Joseph (1970). The Film Director as Superstar. Garden City, New York: Doubleday. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Sayre, Nora (December 7, 1973). "MOVIE REVIEW: David Holzman's Diary (1968)". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Gernalzick, Nadja (2006). "To Act Or To Perform: Distinguishing Filmic Autobiography" (PDF). Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 29 (1): 1–13. doi:10.1353/bio.2006.0022. 
  4. ^ McQuain, Christopher (August 3, 2011). "Review of David Holzman's Diary". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 

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