Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
Z channel.jpg
Directed byXan Cassavetes
Produced byMarshall Persinger
Rick Ross
StarringJerry Harvey
Robert Altman
Jacqueline Bisset
Theresa Russell
Quentin Tarantino
F. X. Feeney
Music bySteven Hufsteter
CinematographyJohn Pirozzi
Edited byIain Kennedy
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession is a 2004 documentary film about Los Angeles pay cable channel Z Channel which was directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of Hollywood director and actor John Cassavetes. It was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1] [2]

The documentary is about Z Channel, which was one of the first pay cable TV stations in the United States. Z Channel became famous for showing an eclectic variety of films, including foreign language, silent, documentary, director's cut, forgotten, overlooked, under-appreciated, erotic as well as mainstream films, without commercials and uncut and letterboxed when possible. [3] [4]

The film also tells the story of Z Channel's programming director Jerry Harvey who was a true film lover, programming genius, and a man almost single-handedly responsible for getting many great films shown to the public. It gives insights into Harvey's constant battle with personal demons which resulted in him ending his own life and the life of his wife in a murder-suicide. [5] [6]

Throughout the film a variety of footage featuring some of the films shown on the Z Channel is used. This serves to underline the diversity offered on the channel in particular its attempts to expose its American viewers to undubbed foreign language films. [7]

The films ends with a montage of scenes of such films with Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" theme being played over the top of them as performed by the actor William Atherton from the film The Great Gatsby (1974). [8]

People Interviewed for the Film[edit]

Selected Films Featured on Z Channel[edit]

Reception[edit]

Z Channel has an overall approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[38]

At Metacritic, the movie scored 85/100 based on 4 critics[39]

Home media[edit]

The film was released to DVD in 2004 as a 2-disc special edition, which included numerous bonus features. A standard 1-disc edition followed in 2005. [40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  2. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)- MUBI
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession on AV/Film
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  8. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  9. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  10. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  11. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  12. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  13. ^ Jacqueline Bisset - Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  14. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  15. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  16. ^ Z Channel: Overlord on YouTube
  17. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  18. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  19. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  20. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  21. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  22. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  23. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  24. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  25. ^ Z Channel: Overlord on YouTube
  26. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  27. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  28. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  29. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  30. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  31. ^ 'Z Channel' on the Air-Washington Post
  32. ^ Z Channel: The Important Thing is to Love
  33. ^ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) - Trailer on YouTube
  34. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  35. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  36. ^ Film Montage from "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" (2004)-YouTube
  37. ^ The Death of Z Channel--What Now? : The History : Beset by troubles, quirky station will switch to all-sports
  38. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  39. ^ "Movie Review". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  40. ^ Amazon.com: Z Channel - A Magnificent Obsession

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