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David Holzman's Diary

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Years before he went Hollywood with The Big Easy and Great Balls of Fire!, director Jim McBride scored with this droll put-on, a fake underground movie that shoots snarky darts through film-student pretensions. David Holzman (Carson) is a sincere young twerp who, seeking Big Truth, films his life in what was the then-fashionable grainy B&W vérité. What he finds is a swift corrective to all those who think movies are more important than reality. Raw, ragged, and right, David Holzman’s Diary is both an unerring late-’60s time capsule and as modern as teen angst. A-

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