The Outsider (2006)
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An inside look at what it means to be a life-long independent filmmaker. Filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki follows legendary writer/director James Toback (Fingers, The Gambler, Two Girls and a Guy, Bugsy, etc) through the insane making of his latest film, "When Will I Be Loved" starring Neve Campbell. All phases of Toback's wild filmmaking journey are chronicled as he shoots his movie in 12 days without a script and battles to get it distributed.
Jun 16, 2006 Limited
Sep 18, 2007
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Jarecki's tour of Toback's world may glean more than probe. But as these kinds of trips go, even looking at the scenery yields fascinating sights and stirs worthwhile curiosity.
As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching.
The Outsider, Nicholas Jarecki's starstruck documentary about the writer and director James Toback, is a tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.
Jarecki certainly thinks his subject deserves such an accolade, and he's made a great-looking film to make his case, one that is edited gracefully and briskly -- and leaves the heady aftertaste of birthday cake.
Unless you're a fan, don't bother.
Toback quickly reveals himself as an insufferable, opinionated blowhard who pontificates shamelessly about the art of the cinema while indulging his own obsessions on film.
Shot largely during the production of Toback's feature, When Will I Be Loved, Outsider features extensive interviews with many of Toback's longtime friends and colleagues.
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