David Holzman's Diary

By: Carson, L.M. Kit (screenplay); from a film by Jim McBride

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[light spotting along spine cloth, minor shelfwear to base of spine; jacket a little surface-rubbed, with very light edgewear, a touch of soiling along edges of rear flap; this was a review copy, with the original publisher's slip laid in at front]. (B&W photographs, including frame blow-ups) The script for the notable independent film, producer-director Jim McBride's first effort. Made (per the jacket blurb) for just $2,500, the film takes the form of the visual and aural "diary" of a film buff and aspiring filmmaker, acting out of "the desperate hope that a scrupulous catalogue of the people and events in his life will add form to his existence." Judging from the format and content of the "screenplay," as well as the odd wording of the authorial statement ("a screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson from [not "for"] a film by Jim McBride, it would appear that this is a transcription of the finished film itself (a continuity script, essentially) rather than a "shooting script" that was followed by the filmmaker. Heavily influenced by the work of Jean-Luc Godard and the French New Wave, the film was described by Carson (who also starred) as "a cinema-verite mock-documentary"; it bypassed traditional film-distribution channels and was screened primarily at film festivals, museums, and other non-commercial outlets. It was controversial (and sometimes not well-received) for its quite deliberate blurring of the lines between fact and fiction, but also won a number of festival prizes, and has achieved an enduring reputation among film critics and aestheticians; it was selected for the U.S. National Film Registry in 1991.

Title: David Holzman's Diary

Author: Carson, L.M. Kit (screenplay); from a film by Jim McBride

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj

Seller ID: 24415

Keywords: Documentary Film Independent Filmmaking