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TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE


Year: 2004
USA: THINKFilm
UK: Metrodome Distribution
Cast: Peter Bart, James Becket, Verna Bloom, Bill Butler, ASC, Victor Chakarian, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Milos Forman, Troy Garity, Conrad L Hall, ASC, Conrad W Hall, ASC, Tom Hayden, Dennis Hopper, Ron Howard, Norman Jewison, Irvin Kershner, Saul Landau, George Lucas, Albert Maysles, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Scott Sakamoto, John Sayles, Martin Sheen, Lee Tamahori, Studs Terkel, Jonathan Winters, Pamela Yates
Director: Mark Wexler
Country: USA
USA & UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some sexual images
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and a moderate sex scene
USA Release Date: 13 May 2005 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 2 June 2006


Synopsis

Mark Wexler's cinematic blend of biography and autobiography centres on his relationship with his father, legendary Oscar®-winning cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler, whose long and illustrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th century classics. Haskell's collaborations with such world-class filmmakers as Elia Kazan, Milos Forman, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Mike Nichols include such works as WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, COMING HOME, BOUND FOR GLORY and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. The film features interviews with many of these artists, along with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Sidney Poitier.

But the true "star" of TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is Haskell himself, a controversial, larger-than-life character who challenges his son's filmmaking skills while announcing with complete conviction that he could have done a better job directing most of the movies he's shot. As these two men swap positions on camera and behind it - sometimes shooting one another simultaneously - the film looks with honesty and compassion at their attempts to reconcile before it's too late.










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