Bert Stern: Original Madman

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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, transforming America into a martini-sipping country and launching Stern to star photographer status at the age of 25. Sought after by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and the international fashion scene, Bert was at the heart of what creative director George Lois called "the creative evolution." His groundbreaking images of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and the infamous Lolita image from Kubrick's film, coupled with his astonishing success in advertising, minted Stern - along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon - as a celebrity in his own right.


Critic Reviews for Bert Stern: Original Madman

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

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a documentary that's filled with beautiful images but nonetheless feels unfocused.

    Apr 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, "Bert Stern" is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite its admittedly intriguing parts, the film ultimately feels too diffuse and self-indulgent to represent a truly incisive portrait of its subject.

    Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…

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