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Hollywood Mavericks (1990)

A documentary focusing on seventeen maverick directors who were not afraid to break the rules of filmmaking to advance their art from John Ford to Martin Scorsese.


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Credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Alvy Singer (archive footage)
Robert Altman ... Self
George Bancroft ... Bill Roberts (archive footage)
Richard Barthelmess ... The Yellow Man (archive footage)
Keith Baxter ... Prince Hal (archive footage)
Marisa Berenson ... Lady Honoria Lyndon (archive footage)
Zina Bethune ... Girl (archive footage)
Karen Black ... Rayette Dipesto (archive footage)
Peter Bogdanovich ... Self
Marlon Brando ... Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (archive footage)
Clive Brook ... Captain 'Doc' Harvey (archive footage)
Geneviève Bujold ... Nancy (archive footage)
Harry Carey ... Snapper's Sidekick (archive footage)
Geraldine Chaplin ... Nathalie de Ville (archive footage)
Betty Compson ... Mae (archive footage)


When Orson Welles gave his acceptance speech when he received the third AFI Lifetime Achievment Award, he made a plea for the filmmaker who was a maverick. This documentary uses current and archival interviews and film footage of seventeen notable directors who went against the grain to place their unique vision on the screen. Beginning with D. W. Griffith, this documentary uses film clips to demonstrate how some of the mavericks, like John Ford, were able to work inside the system while others, like John Cassavetes, worked out of it. Among the classic directors profiled are Josef von Sternberg, Erich Von Stroheim, and Preston Sturges up until more current filmmakers like David Lynch, Robert Altman, and Martin Scorsese. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A great documentary for "movie buffs"
5 May 2001 | by coop-16See all my reviews

Any movie buff should love this flick, with its interviews with such greats as Sam Fuller, King Vidor, Scorsese, Lynch, and Bogdanovich, and its clips from a lot of great(and not so great) films. The title is taken from Orson Welles ' great acceptance speech at the AFI dinner (included in its entirity), when he called himself a "maverick".A lot of fun to view-and review.

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7 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Hollywoods Einzelgänger See more »

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