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Wed, 24 Feb 1993 21:27:23 -0500
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Tony's film is a bit hard to describe becasue there are quite a few elements to
it.  Basically it's the story of a socially-committed documentarian (played by
Tony) who gets the opportunity to "Go Hollywood" but only if he takes along a
former subject as the star (played by a former documentary subject of Tony's
named Sal Caru).  The filmmaker gets harassed by his former subject for
exploiting him (Sal really did harass Tony after Werner Herzog fell in love
with Tony''s short docs on the Rust Belt phenomenon in Braddock, PA).  ANYWAY,
along the way their are several "fantasy" scenes which are parodies of Ghandi,
The Godfather, MTV, and Rambo as well as a mix of "real" doc past and present
of Tony's about the social conditions of Braddock nested into the fictional
narrative.  I really adore all of Tony's work, but then, he's a friend, so I'm
probably being "subjective" again.   OOPS.
But the NEA, Rockefeller and Guggenheim people like his work well enough to
give him money.  He also just got big bucks from ITV for a new "straight" doc
on the history of African-American steelworkers (Co-produced with an African-
American historian).
Carol of Keene