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Director: Mark Wexler     Starring: Lucas,George
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40724091
UPC: 821575535854
UPC 14: 00821575535854
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This centers on mark wexler's relationship with his father haskell wexler, whose long and illustrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th century classics. As these two men swap positions on camera and behind it - the film explores the specifics of this particular father/son dynamic.
Editor's Note
The work of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler has delighted cinema-goers for the greater part of his astonishing life. Two Oscars, for WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF and BOUND FOR GLORY, are just the tip of the iceberg, for Haskell has worked with many of the all-time greats in the business. Some of these figures--most notably, Milos Foreman and George Lucas--are featured in this documentary, which is directed by his son, Mark Wexler. Although most are generous with their praise, it becomes clear that Haskell is a rambunctious, obstinate character whose interactions with Mark during the filmmaking process offer the greatest insight into his personality. Despite being 82-years-old at the time of shooting, Haskell still retains all his critical faculties, and loves to berate his son, whose right-wing political leanings are a constant source of chagrin for his liberal father. Mark's agility as a director allows him to steer the film through wildly different subject matter, such as Haskell's work as a director on MEDIUM COOL; his firing from prominent features such as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (at the behest of the FBI according to Haskell--a claim that is refuted by everyone else involved); and Mark's own boisterous relationship with his dad.

As endlessly fascinating anecdotes pour from the screen, this father and son laugh, cry, argue, and fight, then indulge in bizarre, strained attempts at bonding which include going on a peace protest together, interviewing Jane Fonda and Julia Roberts, and pointing cameras at one other. An unflinching, sometimes painfully personal film, TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is an anomalous foray into the world of documentary filmmaking.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Thinkflims
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/23/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 13585
Video UPC UPC: 00821575535854
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mark Wexler - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Haskell Wexler - Featured
Video Cast Info Mark Wexler - Producer
Video Cast Info Milos Forman - Featured
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Featured
Video Cast Info Conrad L. Hall - Featured
Video Cast Info Julia Roberts - Featured
Video Cast Info Michael Douglas - Featured
Video Cast Info Jane Fonda - Featured
Video Cast Info Mark Wexler - Featured
Video Cast Info Dennis Hopper - Featured
Video Cast Info Mark Wexler - Director

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[A] remarkable work -- lively, painful, humorous, deeply revealing of both father and son -- that is worthy of one of Hollywood's finest directors of photography." 05/13/2005 p.E4

New York Times
"Almost every frame of TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE conveys an intimate, emotionally charged understanding that only a spouse or an immediate family member could bring to such a project." 05/20/2005 p.E10

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] fluky and revealing portrait....This is really a portrait of why cranks make better artists than earnest nice guys." 06/03/2005 p.63

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Wexler Jr. has lit every face -- every wrinkle -- of a complex man?.A worthy companion to Nathaniel Kahn's similarly themed MY ARCHITECT..." 06/01/2006 p.40

Sight and Sound
"Wexler was a seminal figure in American cinema....Wexler is one of Hollywood's genuine radicals..." 07/01/2006 p.74

4 stars out of 5 -- "Boasting a galaxy of star interviews, Mark Wexler's documentary focuses on his father, Haskell, the legendary, irascible cinematographer of such wonders as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST." 09/01/2006 p.128

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Lucas,George
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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