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Famous Nathan (2015)

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A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker. 30 years in the making, Famous Nathan interweaves decades-spanning archival footage, family photos and home movies, an eclectic soundtrack and never-before-heard audio from Nathan: his only interview, ever as well as compelling, intimate and hilarious interviews with the dedicated band of workers, not at all shy at offering opinions, memories and the occasional tall tale.

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Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker treats the project as genealogy rather than corporate image-making. And with home movies and private interviews at his disposal, no one is better equipped to tell this story.

July 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Throughout Famous Nathan there are enough scenes of customers gleefully wolfing down juicy frankfurters to convert even the most staunchly vegetarian viewer.

July 28, 2015 | Full Review…

A portrait of a classic rags-to-riches success, and a tough boss who was fanatical about the quality of his fare and the speed of its delivery.

July 16, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot to chew on in this family-centered documentary, but the wonderful archival footage of Coney Island adds enough garnish to justify the time.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Terrific documentaries are a dime a dozen; ones this multifaceted are to be cherished.

July 16, 2015 | Full Review…

"Famous Nathan" is an attempt to preserve something of the past before it's lost forever.

October 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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