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Cinemania

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2002
  • Angela Christlieb
  • 83 mins
  • 12A

Summary

This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs. The filmmakers expose this delightfully deranged cult by capturing the daily lives of its members. Interviews in movie houses, on the street and in the homes of the subjects tell the story of each individual. Many cannot hold a job, or choose not to. All of them have demoted the importance of the real world, giving all of their attention to the fantasy world of the movies. These human encyclopedias of cinema see two to five films a day, and from 600 to 2,000 films per year. Many have no physical sex lives, living instead in a world of romance with stars like James Dean or Audrey Hepburn. In Cinemania, Hollywood's biggest fans become the true stars. This is the story of their lives, their memories, their unbending habits and the films they love.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Nothing takes precedence over sitting in the dark and gazing at a flickering screen where the five New York buffs depicted in Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijack's disconcerting study of rampant cinephilia are concerned. Mostly dependent on welfare and isolated from society at large, their lives revolve around movies to the extent that they timetable screenings months in advance - one of the quintet, Jack, even avoids foodstuffs that might require him to take unscheduled loo breaks during his viewing schedule. These curious characters are all models of obsessiveness: if Harvey Schwartz's encyclopedic knowledge of running times doesn't have you vowing to rethink your passion for film, 60-something Roberta Hill's pugnacious attitude to ticket stubs certainly will.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack AngstreichJack Angstreich
Roberta HillRoberta Hill
Bill HeidbrederBill Heidbreder
Harvey SchwartzHarvey Schwartz
Eric ChadbourneEric Chadbourne

Crew

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DirectorAngela Christlieb
DirectorStephen Kijak

Details

Released on
2003-09-26
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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