The Kid Stays in the Picture

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The kid is Robert Evans, a minor actor who somehow talked his way into heading Paramount Pictures, where he presided over a golden period stretching from Rosemary's Baby, through Love Story and The Godfather I and II, up to Chinatown. Then his marriage to Ali MacGraw fell apart, he took to cocaine, and fell into a publicity nightmare over his comeback picture, The Cotton Club. Evans' tough guy drawl is good company, but the film is like an illustrated audio book: a voice-over with stills and a few movie clips. We don't get to see what he looks like now. Nor do we get any other opinions, which is pretty rich when you stop to think about it. Does he really deserve all this credit for those movies? It's certainly hard to imagine him greenlighting a project as solipsistic and uncinematic as this.

By: TCh

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Duration: 94 mins

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Director: Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein
Screenwriter: Brett Morgen
Cast: Robert Evans
Dustin Hoffman

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3.8 / 5

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A really well put together documentary that explores Paramount Pictures during the late 60s and 70s - and namely its Chief, Bob Evans. The film uses audio clips of Evans' autobiography edited over footage from the era and clips from the films mentioned. I say it's a well put together documentary because it gives you a good insight into one guy's rise and fall from grace. However, be warned... this is just one guy's side of the story so take some of what he says with a pinch of salt. Other sources paint Evans as an interfering tyrant who was lucky more than he was business-savvy (see the book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls). However, this documentary is told from Evans' point-of-view so Evans is seen through rose tinted glasses. Still - many documentaries can be found guilty of bias so 'Kid' can't be faulted too much for Evans' one-sided view of the events.