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The Outsider (2006)

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Filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki offers a celluloid portrait of a cinematic mastermind at work in this documentary shot over an eight month period and following director James Toback through each phase of production of his 2004 thriller When Will I be Loved. From pre-production to final cut, Jarecki follows the existential-minded director through the entire process of making a movie as Toback opens up to the camera to discuss a variety of deeply personal matters and explore just how they have manifested themselves in such films as Love and Money, The Big Bang, and Black and White. Candid interviews with such well-known Toback collaborators as Woody Allen, Robert Towne, Harvey Keitel, Roger Ebert, Brett Ratner, show just how much impact the well-respected filmmaker has had in Hollywood despite his stubborn refusal to fit into the commercialized mold so frequently associated with the showbiz mecca.
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NR
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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for The Outsider

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

Quite entertaining.

July 11, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

June 16, 2006
Newsday
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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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
New York Daily News
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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.

June 15, 2006
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2006
Variety
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Among the great docs about moviemaking.

June 13, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Outsider

The actual coverage of the making of When Will I be Loved is pretty lazy, most of the 'making' of that film is covered in montages with a song thrown over the soundtrack. The more interesting parts of the film are watching Toback interact with some of his friends.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis
½

I caught this really late one night on TV right as i was about to call it a night. An hour after the movie was over i was still searching for movies, interviews, stories or anything i could find involving James Toback. In terms of getting me excited to see this particular movie the documentary isn't great. But in terms of showing me one of the great people in film today, it succeeds by leaps and bounds. I've never seen a Toback movie and barely knew about him before i saw this. After i saw this movie i would've killed to be at that table with him and Keitel!

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

Fun doc for fans of and those employed in the film biz. Some very interesting and candid interviews with various highly quotable artists. Starts off as a too-glamorized portrait of Toback, but then evolves into interesting as we watch how the man works and witness that distributing an indie personal flick is always hell, especially, and even, for this man. It was enjoyable but not a breakthrough composition in terms of the film, sort of just standard fare biopic montage of interviews and old photos with the main thread of the piece being the documentarian's footage of Toback's then newest adventure in film-making.

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