DVD Release: Bert Stern: Original Mad Man

DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: DVD $27.95
Studio: First Run Features


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Bert Stern puts things into focus in Original Mad Man.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is a 2012 documentary film on the life and work of the iconic American photographer, who died two weeks ago on June 26 at the age of 83.

After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine, Stern became an original Madison Avenue “mad man,” his images helping to create modern advertising.  Groundbreaking photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and the infamous Lolita image from Kubrick’s film, coupled with his astonishing success in advertising, minted Stern – along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon – as a celebrity in his own right; indeed, Stern’s photographs of Monroe in her last sitting– taken for Vogue six weeks before her death—are considered to be the ultimate images of the 20th century icon.

The film was directed and produced by Shannah Laumeister, Stern’s longtime friend and associate who said that she and Stern had been secretly married since 2009.

Following it’s rollout to a bunch of festivals in 2012, the film received a limited run in U.S. theaters in April, 2013 to positive response from the critics.

As a bonus features, the DVD contains a photo gallery of Stern’s iconic images.
 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.