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David Holzman's Diary
USA 1967
Main Feature: 73 minutes
Special Features:
    My Girlfriend's Wedding – 61 minutes
    Interview – 22 minutes
Certificate: 15
Black & White
1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Original Mono, Restored
Language: English
buyPAL R0
RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 30th Jan 2006
Shot in 1967, David Holzman's Diary is a milestone in contemporary film history. Brilliantly conceived and executed, it manages to simultaneously be very much of its time and very many years ahead of its time. The film tells the story of David Holzman, a young man infatuated with film and film-making. Newly unemployed and beset with doubts and worries, Holzman thinks that filming his everyday existence will 'bring life into focus'. Staged to seem like a documentary of a real person's life, Holzman’s filming of his life starts to take over his life.

As a very special bonus extra, this Second Run release also includes director Jim McBride's personal 1969 documentary My Girlfriend's Wedding, where his camera turns on his ‘liberated’ English girlfriend and her candid conversations about her life and her reasons for marrying another man.

more about the film
David Holzman's Diary Stills
Special Features
- Includes the first ever release on DVD of Jim McBride's "My Girlfriend's Wedding", finally achieving the director's intention for these two films to be shown together.

- Newly filmed interview with director Jim McBride.

- New digital transfer with restored image and sound.

- Booklet featuring an Essay on both films by US writer/critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.

- Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Main Cast and Crew
David Holzman - L.M. Kit Carson
Eileen - Penny Wohl
Pepe - Lorenzo Mans
Sandra - Louise Levine
Girl on the subway - Fern McBride
Sandra's Boy Friend - Michel Levine
Max - Bob Lesser
Cop - Jack Baran

Filmmaker – Jim McBride
Camera - Michael Wadley (now Wadleigh)
Additional Photography - Paul Goldsmith and Paul Glickman  
"A delightful satire... time has served it very well" - The New York Times

"A landmark in independent filmmaking that feels as fresh as ever" - Cinemateque

"An enduring delight from the Underground era" - Time Out

US Library of Congress - Selected for Preservation in the US National Film Registry
1967 Mannheim International Film Festival - Won Grand Prize

DVD Times DVD review
Anthony Nield reviews the first utterly essential DVD release of the year, Second Run's Region 0 release of Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary. A bona fide classic of American sixties, not only are we getting the film itself - and superbly presented at that - but also 1969's feature length vérité documentary, My Girlfriend's Wedding.

MovieMail Podcasts
Graeme Hobbs reviews two landmark works of cinema verité, both made in New York in 1967: Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason and Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary.

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