Joe Gould's Secret

Joe Gould's Secret

Cast: Marc Alan Austen, Ian Holm, Andrei Belgrader

     
 
Stanley Tucci's offbeat character study Joe Gould's Secret comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical

Overview

Stanley Tucci's offbeat character study Joe Gould's Secret comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, a featurette produced for the Sundance Channel, and cast and crew filmographies and biographies. Anyone wishing to see something unlike the usual Hollywood fare will appreciate this great-looking and great-sounding DVD.This historical comedy-drama is based on the true story of Joe Gould, a bohemian eccentric who was a fixture in New York's Greenwich Village from his arrival in 1916 to his death in 1964. Gould, who claimed to be a graduate of Harvard, would cadge drinks and subsist on catsup as he regaled patrons of neighborhood saloons with stories, poems, opinions, and his imitation of a seagull. In a 1942 New Yorker profile by journalist Joseph Mitchell, Gould spoke of his life's work, a book entitled An Oral History of Our Times, which he claimed would be eleven times longer than the Bible, contain a variety of overheard conversations from throughout the years, and document the decline of 20th century culture. Mitchell kept tabs on Gould, and tried to introduce him to publishers who might put his work into print, but nothing ever came of it, and it wasn't until Gould's death that Mitchell discovered the surprising truth about his friend. Directed by Stanley Tucci, Joe Gould's Secret stars Tucci as Mitchell and Ian Holm as Gould; Hope Davis, Steve Martin, Susan Sarandon, and Patricia Clarkson highlight the supporting cast.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The incomparable Ian Holm contributes a bravura performance to Joe Gould's Secret, a lovingly nostalgic drama set in New York's Greenwich Village during the 1940s. Holm is vibrant and profane as the film's title character, a colorful Village habitué who claims to be compiling an oral history of New York while cadging food and drink from the local merchants. Director Stanley Tucci (The Imposters) plays New Yorker scribe Joseph Mitchell, a gentlemanly Southerner who embraces the garrulous Gould as a perfect subject for one of his profiles and becomes embroiled in the eccentric's schemes. The physical attributes of downtown Manhattan during the '40s are recreated with scrupulous attention to detail, and Tucci replicates its bohemian ambiance as well. His talented ensemble cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Steve Martin, Susan Sarandon, and Hope Davis, all of whom, alongside Tucci himself, lend sterling support to the dynamic Holm. Often hilarious and occasionally poignant, Joe Gould's Secret is always compelling; it's a film that not only withstands but demands repeated viewings.
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Sauter
Subtly plumbing the deeper ties that unite this writer and his subject, Tucci’s film is a moving rumination on real and invented lives.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0696306013228
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Polygram Usa Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Widescreen 16x9 format; Theatrical trailer; Featurette: "Sundance Channel Presents 24 Frame News: On Screen Extra"; Cast biographies and filmographies; Digitally mastered; Dual layer; English 5.1, English 2.0; English closed captions; Aspect ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marc Alan Austen Stand-In-For Ian Holm
Ian Holm Joe Gould
Andrei Belgrader Teddy
Stanley Tucci Joseph Mitchell
Ted Blumberg Phil (The Writer)
Patricia Clarkson Vivian Marquie
Harry Bugin Newsman
Hope Davis Therese Mitchell
Nell Campbell Tamar (Hostess)
Steve Martin Charlie Duell
Leigh Carlson Janet
Susan Sarandon Alice Neel
Mark Cassella Cop At The Building Site
Patrick Tovatt Harold Ross
Celia Weston Sarah
Alan Corduner Francis McCrudden
Alice Drummond Helen
Julie Halston Sadie Gordon
Tom Joseph Foral Man In Gallery
Hallee Hirsh Nora Mitchell
Merwin Goldsmith Monsieur Gerard
Sarah Hyland Elizabeth Mitchell
Ben Jones Southern Man at the Party
James Hanlon Mike (Cop At Coffee Shop)
John Tormey Harry Kolis
Katy Hansz Margaret
David Wohl Max Gordon
Laura Hughes Dr. Kim Maxwell
Peter Francis James Man At The Party
Justine Johnston Mrs. Bagly
Daniel Kaufman Stand-In For Stanley Tucci
Richard Litt Bartender
Jerry Mayer Minetta Bartender
Gabor Morea Pawnbroker
Jack A. O'Connell Chef
Ron Ryan Jack
Ben Shenkman David
Aida Turturro Waitress
Jessica Walling Betsy
Lauren Ward Anne
Gordon Joseph Weiss Man At Flophouse

Technical Credits
Stanley Tucci Director,Producer
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Beth Alexander Producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Catherine Davis Set Decoration/Design
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Bob Hein Sound Editor
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Andrew Jackness Production Designer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen Lewis Casting
Michael Lieber Executive Producer
Evan Lurie Score Composer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard A. Rodman Screenwriter
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
David Stein Art Director
Chrisann Verges Executive Producer
Charles Weinstock Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English 2.0
         English 5.1
      Subtitles
         English For The Hearing Impaired
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Featurette
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Ian Holm as Joe Gould
         Stanley Tucci as Joseph Mitchell

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