Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?

Directed by John Scheinfeld
Music Video Distributors, Inc.
2010
116 Minutes
USA
English
Documentary, Music
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The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

  • Highest Rating
    "A personal, generous tribute reel designed to keep a musical master's legacy very much alive."
    Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
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    "Who Is Harry Nilsson is a worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct."
    David Fear, Time Out
  • Highest Rating
    "There's been so little written about Nilsson or archiving of his work that Who Is Harry Nilsson is a godsend just for bringing together so much rare footage."
    Noel Murray, AV Club
  • Highest Rating
    "Informative and entertaining, filled with hilarious stories and illuminating anecdotes which help you understand why he was so universally adored, despite the glaring flaws in his character."
    Benjamin H. Smith, Decider

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Santa Barbara Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Milwaukee Film Festival
Official Selection
Sound Unseen Film Festival

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