Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Release Date: 2002
Production Company: USA Films
Directors: Brett Morgen & Nanette Burstein
Run time: 94 minutes
Seen on: Current TV, one of the 50 Documentaries to Seee Before You Die, Available on Netflix DVD
Recommended: Yes. It was ok,interesting insight behind the scenes of Hollywood
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
"The Kid Stays in the Picture" is based on the autobiography of Hollywood producer, Robert Evans. I first learned about this through Current TV's "50 Docs to See Before You Die" countdown. This is not one that I would seek out to watch specifically. However it gives an interesting insight to the workings of Hollywod. It follows Evans' career from his lackluster acting career to being head of Paramount Studios.
It is narrated by the only person to tell the story, Evans himself. The story is told through clips of his acting roles, clips the movies he produced, and photographs. The technique using the photographs is the most interesting. They are able to split the photo into the elements of the subjects, foreground, and background. The elements are then given the 3-Dimensional effects. It really brings the photos to life. The doc follows the up and downs of his long career.
I have had this on my DVR since September and just got around to watching it. Overall it was an interesting watch. Not highly recommended, it was more of a good way to pass the time. I also wrote this posting while watching the next doc, "Know Your Mushrooms."