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Tell Them Who You Are (2004)

Cast: Haskell Wexler, Mark S. Wexler, Peter Bart, more...
Director: Mark S. Wexler, Mark S. Wexler
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Studio: Velocity Home Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Film
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
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Mark Wexler is a successful photojournalist who has also distinguished himself as a documentary filmmaker, but in many ways he has spent much of his life in the shadow of his more famous father, Haskell Wexler. One of Hollywood's greatest cinematographers, Haskell is also known as a director (he made the acclaimed feature Medium Cool as well as a handful of documentaries) and as a tireless political activist. But while Haskell is widely respected as a major talent, he's also known for being fiercely opinionated and difficult to work with, and Mark makes no secret of the fact that he's had a prickly relationship with his dad. Mark Wexler takes a detailed look at the life and work of Haskell Wexler in Tell Them Who You Are, which examines Haskell's career in the movie business, his relationship with his family (including his three marriages and his frequent lack of respect for Mark), and how he's viewed by his friends and peers. Interview subjects include Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, George Lucas, Michael Douglas, Milos Forman, Ron Howard, Dennis Hopper, and many more. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Pere/Fils Filmmakers Have A Go at Each Other by talltale November 12, 2005 - 10:47 AM PST
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Another interesting documentary from this past year (which offered a LOT of them), TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is minor documentarian/filmmaker Mark Wexler's homage/shiv-in-the-rib to his dad, major documentarian/filmmaker Haskell Wexler.

There is so much going on here--history, humor, subservience, plea, revenge, to name a few--that you may finally give up trying to assess when any particular moment might be more honest and real than another. They are all part and parcel of a family's history, and consequently difficult to separate or judge fairly. Of course, when the family in question is this film-oriented, you are bound to end up with something a bit more complicated and showy than the norm.

Sure, it might be different--maybe better--if we got more of dad's version (or mom's), but the son's take is plenty interesting and fun. Wexler fils might have delved more deeply, but his shoot-and-run, little-bit-elusive style seems to fit the filmmaker and allows us to realize that there is a WHOLE LOT more going on here than we will ever see or know, at least while Wexler pere remains alive and (quite sharply) kicking.

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(Average 6.12)
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