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USa 2002
Directed by
Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein
94 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars

The Kid Stays In The Picture

The Kid Stays In The Picture is a documentary tracing the rise and fall, and rise again, of Hollywood producer, Robert Evans who started life in the movies as a good-looking but untalented actor during the 1950s. His story is not an atypical one for Hollywood - money, sex, drugs and scandal aplenty are the order of the day. He eventually hit his straps during the '70s as a producer, his greatest claim to fame being Chinatown).

Because of its "authorized" nature this well-composed portrait which uses a mixture of montage photography, contemporary footage and excerpts from the films referred to will be of principal interest to film buffs interested in Evans' projects rather than in Evans himself.

DVD Extras: just as this film is very much Robert Evans by Robert Evans, the extras, including interviews with Evans himself, other  producers and directors and various Hollywood celebrities are all of the hagiographic kind. Also included are trailers and artwork for some of Evans's biggest films and an amusing clip of Dustin Hoffman playing Robt Evans whilst on the set of Marathon Man.

Available from: Reel DVD




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