David Holzman's Diary

An enduring delight from the Underground era, cleverly sowing arrant lies at the then-sacred 24 fps. McBride's good-humoured gag on 'personal cinema' and the diary genre casts a wry sidelight on a generation's self-obsession and cinephilia. David Holzman commits his life (film-making) to film - directing and starring in the film we're watching, his home-movie autobiography. So far, so faddish. But 'David' is actor Kit Carson, behind the camera he's apparently twiddling is Michael Wadleigh, and the auto-vérité amounts to as much of McBride's script as could be filmed before his $2,500 ran out. Retrospective ironies pile up with interim career leaps: Carson shot a documentary on Dennis Hopper, married Karen Black, and is now a Hollywood screenwriter; Wadleigh tripped through Woodstock to Wolfen; and McBride has limped through sci fi and softcore satire to the added narration credit for The Big Red One and the remake of Breathless. The illusion is complete.

Release details

Duration: 73 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jim McBride
Screenwriter: Jim McBride
Cast: LM Kit Carson
Penny Wohl
Louise Levine
Fern McBride
Eileen Dietz
Mike Levine
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