Kid Stays in the Picture

Kid Stays in the Picture

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Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen

Cast: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, Robert Evans

     
 

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The Kid Stays in the Picture, Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein's Hollywood documentary about Robert Evans, comes to DVD from Warner Bros. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. An optional audio commentary track is included, with the directorsSee more details below

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The Kid Stays in the Picture, Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein's Hollywood documentary about Robert Evans, comes to DVD from Warner Bros. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. An optional audio commentary track is included, with the directors discussing how the visuals were crafted from archival materials and what they think of the subject. The special features start off with a short film by Evans and Mike Nichols to encourage Paramount executives to keep the studio running. "The Kid Speaks" is a collection of historic interview clips and award acceptance speeches, and "Showgirls on Evans" is a discussion of the sexual appeal of the man. Other features include a gag reel of impressions by Dustin Hoffman and Roy Scheider along with celebrity interviews by Richard D. Zanuck, Jack Valenti, Larry King, and many more. Also includes cast and crew filmographies and a full-frame theatrical trailer. This is a well-rounded disc for a documentary that only received a limited theatrical release.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Legendary movie producer Robert Evans narrates the story of his own tumultuous career in this cinematic version of his autobiography. As a book-on-tape, The Kid Stays in the Picture became a cult favorite, thanks to Evans's hilariously over-the-top, tough-guy narration, and that same narration is also the heart of the film. A raging yet oddly appealing egomaniac, Evans recounts a life story that feels like something dreamed up by, well, Hollywood. Evans broke into showbiz by accident when Norma Shearer spotted the good-looking youngster lounging beside a Los Angeles swimming pool. By the late 1960s, after a lackluster foray into acting, Evans had turned his attention to producing and was eventually named head of Paramount. There he became a major force in the birth of the "New Hollywood," producing such classics as Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. Meanwhile, he lived the high life and dallied with scores of beautiful women, eventually marrying Ali MacGraw. His meteoric rise was, in the best Hollywood tradition, followed by a resounding fall -- box office failure, divorce, drug addiction, murder charges, arrest for cocaine possession -- before he eventually clawed his way back into the industry as a freelance producer. As Evans talks himself up, filmmakers Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen supply the images, including dazzlingly manipulated still photos, archival footage, newspaper clippings, and a few too many tracking shots of Evans's empty mansion. Eschewing the gritty realism of their Oscar-nominated documentary On the Ropes, Burstein and Morgen surrender themselves to the sleazy charms of this Tinsletown maverick. Gossipy, funny, and immensely entertaining, The Kid Stays in the Picture is an exercise in blatant self-mythologizing, but considering the subject, it seems perfectly appropriate.
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Since Robert Evans' fingerprints were all over everything he touched during a meteoric rise through Hollywood, it's no surprise that the film version of his autobiography was both narrated and thoroughly controlled by the colorful egomaniac. As a result, The Kid Stays in the Picture relegates directors Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes) to the role of window dressers, not the probing interpreters they might have been if filming an unauthorized piece, a la Nicholas Broomfield's Kurt & Courtney. But since there would be no movie without Evans' juicy book, and since the mogul's exhibitionism knows no bounds -- including a willingness to expose sordid rehab episodes and cast doubt upon himself -- this is an acceptable sacrifice. The result is a funny, clever entry into a rich era of film history, by way of one its most attractive and powerful figures. And what window dressing -- Morgen and Burstein adopt a vivid format for presenting the snippets of newspaper and behind-the-scenes footage that chart Evans' journey from poolside dreamer to chief of Paramount Pictures to scandalous burnout. Static still photographs burst with vitality thanks to a device that gives them a third dimension, with each picture element floating on its own plane. The collection of materials on hand indicates some pretty thorough scrounging by Morgen, Burstein and Evans. A standout is the desperate plea Evans filmed to dissuade Paramount's board of directors from closing the studio; in a trademark moment, his suave confidence utterly overcame them. Evans doesn't censor his thoughts on his industry associates, least of all the women in his life, so this is a delicious inside treat with real laughs and genuine, dissociated insight.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0085393783020
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
80,124

Special Features

Closed Caption; Never-before-seen footage from Evans' private library; Short film by Evans and Mike Nichols for Paramount; "The Kid Speaks" - Collection of historic interview clips and award acceptance speeches; "Showgirls on Evans" - Discussion of the sexual appeal of Evans; Gag reel of impressions by Dustin Hoffman and Roy Scheider; Celebrity interviews by Richard D. Zanuck, Jack Valenti, Larry King, and many more; Cast and crew filmographies; Full-frame theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Picture Palace. [2:29]
2. Discovered. [3:17]
3. The Kid Stays. [4:11]
4. Foot in the Door. [2:46]
5. Paramount Pictures. [4:56]
6. Rosemary's Baby. [6:39]
7. Miss MacGraw. [4:24]
8. Love Story. [3:55]
9. Some Showman. [7:22]
10. Success Story. [3:05]
11. The Godfather. [3:40]
12. The Luckiest Man. [5:41]
13. Divorce Getaway. [2:40]
14. Chinatown. [5:24]
15. World of White. [4:46]
16. High on Himself. [3:57]
17. The Cotton Club. [4:23]
18. Greed, Drugs, Murder. [3:49]
19. King Deposed. [2:57]
20. Back Home. [5:11]
21. Still in the Picture. [1:42]
22. Coda and End Credits. [6:05]

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