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The Last Impresario

Summary: Australian filmmaker Gracie Otto profiles perhaps the most famous person you’ve never heard of: Michael White. This larger-than-life theatre and film impresario single-handedly transformed the cultural scene of 1970’s London. Amongst the glitter and endless parties, White brought risqué productions such as The Rocky Horror Show to the stage, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail to the screen and introduced dance legends Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the British masses.This is a fast and entertaining documentary with a stellar cast of famous friends and ex-lovers to boot including John Cleese, Yoko Ono, Naomi Watts, John Waters, Barry Humphries, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th June, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, UK, USA, France

Director: Gracie Otto

Screenwriter: Gracie Otto

Cast: Lou Adler (himself), Joanne Benjamin (herself), Michael Billington (himself), Gael Boglione (herself), Nell Campbell (herself), John Cleese (himself), Miranda Darling (herself), Peter Daubney (himself), Jessica de Rothschild (herself), Erro (himself), Harry Fane (himself), Alan Finkelstein (himself), Robert Fox (himself), Mirian Safia Haley (himself), Lyndall Hobbs (herself), Barry Humphries (himself), Jean-Jacques Lebel (himself), Rupert Lycett-Green (himself), Lorne Michaels (himself), Spike Milligan (himself), Kate Moss (herself), Michael Morris (himself), Richard O’Brien (himself), Bill Oddie (himself), Yoko Ono (herself), Gracie Otto (herself), Jean Pigozzi (himself), Nigel Planer (himself), Patricia Quinn (herself), Peter Richardson (himself), Julian Sands (himself), Jim Sharman (himself), Robert Shaye (himself), Meryl Tankard (herself), Jeremy Thomas (himself), Barnaby Thompson (himself), Brian Thomson (himself), Colin Vaines (himself), Leonie Van Ness (herself), John Waters (himself), Rachel Ward (herself), Naomi Watts (herself), Joshua White (himself), Michael White (himself), Anna Wintour (herself), Alan Yentob (himself), Richard Young (himself)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification: TBA

 

OUR THE LAST IMPRESARIO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Last Impresario review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3.5)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s The Last Impresario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Michael White… ever heard of the name? If you are honest then the answer would be no, unless you have memorised a website like IMDB off by heart. It’s the premise that Michael White is the most famous person you’ve never heard of that actress turned filmmaker Gracie Otto uses to promote her first feature documentary The Last Impresario.

For those not in the know Michael White is a man who can walk into the Cannes Film Festival and instantly have members of the elite film groups fawn all over him. There is little chance that any serious film, theatre or television fan hasn’t seen at least one thing that he has produced at one stage in his life. From working with the likes of Yoko Ono on small alternative theatre pieces to producing the show that would eventually turn into the mammoth that we know as The Rocky Horror Picture Show it seems like Michael White has been there and worked with everyone. His work on some small theatre pieces and then television shows and films such as Monty Python also has many labelling him as one of the forefathers of modern comedy.

The White that Otto catches on film though is not the Michael White that once partied all night with the likes of Mick Jagger and Kate Moss. No the White we get to meet is a mild-mannered old man who series of strokes has left him with a speech impediment and has been lowered financially to the point of having to auction off some of his prized possessions including letters from the likes of John Cleese and Laurence Olivier. He is even coy about whether or not he still owns the rights to some of his best productions including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As a filmmaker Otto does a good job with The Last Impresario. Certainly any film or theatre fan is going to sit captivated as she tells the story of a man you almost feel guilty about not knowing. And while interviews with the likes of Barry Humphries, Kate Moss and John Cleese do give you a wonderful view inside both the business and personal life of Michael White you do start to get the feeling that Otto has perhaps relied too much on talking head interviews… especially when you consider just how flamboyant White was with his life.

Another really annoying trait of this documentary, and I know this is being really picky, is the way in which Otto asks the questions to White during his interviews. Because she hasn’t got a microphone near her for most of the time she simply yells the questions out. Yes it sounds like a small thing to have a gripe about, but it does become increasingly annoying and is certainly something that the top documentary film makers of our time would never, ever do.

Still The Last Impresario is a good documentary that will be loved by those who enjoy to learn a lot more about the cinema and theatre they have grown up. Cudos must be paid to Gracie Otto for being able to put together such an A-List of interviewees as well as being the first person brave enough to bring the Michael White story to the big screen. This is one for all the cinephiles out there.

Stars(2.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  The Last Impresario (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘The Last Impresario′: For our full The Last Impresario review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

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Premiere Props just announced that they will be auctioning off over 1000 Hollywood props and costumes including a collection of personal items from Larry Hagman including his state of the art, solar paneled Airstream trailer (and dressing room) from DALLAS and his JR belt buckle; a John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed copy of their DOUBLE FANTASY album; a throne from THE TEN COMMANDMENTS; Ryan Gosling’s motorcycle from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; the monster truck from BRUNO signed by Sasha Baron Cohen; several props and costumes from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s from PRISONERS and stunt guns used by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in MR. & MRS. SMITH.

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  • DALLAS – a collection of Larry Hagman’s personal items including his Airstream motorhome that was used as his dressing room; a JR belt buckle; a motorcycle helmet;  his Walk of Fame Display; his sunglasses; his project notes; a signed script and original artwork specifically made for him by Barton Lidice Benes.
  • THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – Ryan Gosling’s CRF230 L Honda Road 230cc 2009 signed motorcycle
  • BRUNO – the over-sized 1989 Chevy R3500 Monster Truck custom made for the production that is signed on both front visors by Sasha Baron Cohen
  • PRISONERS – costumes and props from Hugh Jackman (Keller Dover), Jake Gyllenhaal (Detective Loki) and Maria Bello (Grace Dover)
  • THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – a throne and ceremonial chair from Cecil B DeMille’s epic film.  The Royal Empire throne is crafted in exquisite gold tinged metals and rare woods with inlaid hand carved hieroglyphs and was used by Anne Baxter (Princess Nefretiri) for two of the most iconic scenes from the film – the first iwhen Charlton Heston (Moses) returns from his heroic battle and then again when he is sentenced to death. The ceremonial chair is ivory inlaid and was prominently displayed when Moses discovers that Nina Foch (Bithiah), who found him as a baby in a basket in the rushes of the Nile is not his real mother.
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  • DOUBLE FANTASY – an album in mint condition signed by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • MARILYN MONROE – an original 1952 Golden Dreams Marilyn Monroe Calendar and Tray circa 1955
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES – Basil Rathbone’s (Sherlock Holmes) Deerslayer cap and Nigel Bruce’s (Dr. Watson) black tie
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – original shooting script with all notes from script supervisor Ester Vivante’s
  • I LOVE LUCY – one of the original Chinese porcelain figurines (circa 1953) that graced the mantel of Lucy and Ricky’s fireplace
  • MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III – Tom Cruise’s stunt Desert Eagle Mark XIX gun
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  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA – original detailed notebook and storyboards, plus a framed poster
  • DISNEYLAND – original and rare architectural drawings of Disneyland’s Main Street drawn by Earle G. Kaltenbach
  • MORTAL KOMBAT – fiery Jaguar head featured in the battle between Kano and Sub-Zero
  • TANK GIRL – Lori Petty’s (Tank Girl) screen worn goggles and custom Ruger weapon
  • STAR TREK – from the desk of Gene Roddenberry, an original typed letter on official STAR TREK stationary dated March 7, 1069 and addressed to reporter Charles Park/Santa Monica Outlook.

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