Monday, August 24, 2009
Best Biopic Ever?
Someone in Newsweek last week picked ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse) as the best biopic in his/her opinion.
I'd choose RAGING BULL (Jake LaMotta). For me the strength of a biopic other than veracity and providing the relevant facts of a life, is style, an interesting approach, a portrait that is not all black and white. Gandhi. Good person, dull picture IMHO. The Harvey Milk picture in 2008 would have been stronger if they could have found some weakness/darkness in him to balance the brave public servant aspect. Saints make boring subjects. Today I saw the biopic doc about Gertrude Berg. They alluded to a darker side to her but only obliquely. The doc was saved though by its portrayal of the times along with the woman.
How about you? What film did it right? Do you mind seeing people portrayed too favorably?