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Friday, April 5, 2013

Bert Stern's Original Madman- April 5-11 at Tower Theater in Miami

Breaching an icon’s privacy

Directed by Shannah Laumeister
Starring Marilyn Monroe, Drew Barrymore, Bert Stern, Sophia Loren, Madonna
USA | 2012 | 93 min | Documentary | Not Rated
English with no subtitles

Bert Stern, also known for his seminal film Jazz on a Summer's Day, experienced a meteoric career that began as a mailroom-boy at Look Magazine, where he formed a close relationship with young staff photographer Stanley Kubrick. The launch of Stern's career and the Golden Age of Advertising would coincide with Stern's iconic and legendary "Driest of the Dry" campaign for Smirnoff in 1955. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian pyramids, this ad would sell more vodka than Smirnoff had dreamed, transforming America into a martini-sipping country and launching Stern to star photographer status at the age of 25. Sought after by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and the international fashion scene, Bert was at the heart of what creative director George Lois called "the creative evolution." His groundbreaking images 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 are considered to be the ultimate images of the 20th century icon. After marrying the stunning ballet dancer Allegra Kent, the kid from Brooklyn was sitting on top of the world...until a dramatic fall from grace.

Written by Shannah Laumeister
Editing by Jeff Werner
Cinematography by Gregory McClatchy
Music by Starr Parodi and Jeff Eden Fair

“Original Madman is humorous, compelling, tragic and elegant in equal measures. Bert Stern is the man who, amongst other things, revolutionized American advertising; initiated the relationship between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and inspired America to become a nation of vodka drinkers.” - Daniel Harling, Take One

2012 Cambridge Film Festival: Official selection
2012 Florida Film Festival: Official selection
2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival: Official selection
2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival: Official selection

  • Friday - 4/5/2013
  • 4:20 PM, 9:05 PM
  • Saturday - 4/6/2013
  • 1:40 PM, 6:40 PM
  • Sunday - 4/7/2013
  • 2:35 PM, 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday - 4/9/2013
  • 4:20 PM, 6:40 PM
  • Wednesday - 4/10/2013
  • 4:20 PM, 9:05 PM
  • Thursday - 4/11/2013
  • 6:40 PM, 9:05 PM

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Phone:(305) 643-8706 
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