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Bert Stern: Original Madman

Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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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 launch of Stern's career and the Golden Age of Advertising would coincide with Stern's iconic and legendary "Driest of the Dry" campaign for Smirnoff in 1955. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian pyramids, this ad would sell more vodka than Smirnoff had dreamed,

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Documentary, Special Interest

Shannah Laumeister

Aug 12, 2013

$32.9k

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An effusive, sad, visually gorgeous, and illuminating portrait of the artist.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Now in his 80s, Stern recalls his rise, fall and reinvention without evasion or apology.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a documentary that's filled with beautiful images but nonetheless feels unfocused.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, "Bert Stern" is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The latest in a long parade of limp couture-chronicle documentaries.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Nobody is easier on Bert Stern than the filmmaker, four decades his junior, and his long-time squeeze.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

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.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Real life Mad Man would make Don Draper jealous.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Needs someone tougher to ask questions.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

"Mad Man" presents a tantalizing overview of Stern's work as a photographer, confidently placing him among the greats in his field. But Stern as a person? Not so great.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Here's a documentary that comes from an unusual angle, the subject's lover looking at both the artist and the man dispensing with rose colored glasses.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

There are myriad problems with Bert Stern: Original Mad Man -- not the least of which is a title that shamelessly and needlessly gropes for relevance by attempting to cozy up with Don Draper and co.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Absolutely smashing, revealing documentary about one of the great photographers of our time.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Highly entertaining, but not revealing or insightful enough.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Rote, rushed, and utterly uninterested in the power of Stern as an innovator of image, making it effectively the opposite of the output of the artist it attempts to document.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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