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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Garland's daughter Lorna Luft, director Robert Allan Ackerman, costume designer Dona Granata, and director of photography James Chressanthis Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on March 25th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
A lot of this commentary is Ackermann and Luft competing to be heard, and often talking over each other. Perhaps she is aware of the presumption that he often expresses in his attempt to educate her on her own mother and her family history. But she gets her own embarassment in the coyness she expresses in saying she cannot watch the portrayal of herself in the narrative. Puh-lease! Ackermann also indulges in much self-congratulation, which is only deserved in terms of the film's costume recreation and the performance of Judy Davis. It's amusing to hear him talk about how his tone was deliberately non-sensational, when at the same time he makes no apology for historical inaccurary under the guise of dramatic license. The decision about when to have Davis replace Tammy Blanchard in the narrative is one interesting point, and there are also some anecdotes about Davis on the set in the face of a cell phone going off during a take and an accident regarding her contact lenses. DOP Chressanthis appears a few times, as does costumer Granata. The commentary is mostly scene-specific but Ackermann and Luft also go off on tangents, with his rambling preferable to hers.