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Auto Focus (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
Academy Award(r) nominees Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) and Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire, Spider-Man) star in a provocative drama about the colorful life and mysterious death of legendary television actor Bob Crane. Bob Crane (Kinnear) became well known as the star of the hit comedy series"Hogan's Heroes." With an abundance of fame, wealth and success, Crane dove headfirst into the darker, destructive side of the celebrity lifestyle. He eventually teamed up with a video technician (Dafoe) who helped him to systematically document his copious sexploits with beautiful young women. Butwhen the fast living and hard loving got out of control, the end result was a brutal murder that remains one of the most scandalous unsolved mysteries in Hollywood history.
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"But why Bob Crane"? you might ask. Good question. Bob Crane is best-known as "Colonel Hogan" in the hit TV sit-com "Hogan's Heroes" which aired for 6 years. Previous to that, Bob did mostly radio work, and some minor acting. After "Hogan's Heroes" was abruptly cancelled, he had a hard time getting much meaningful work, mostly because of his reputation for having an addiction to sex and pornography, which is the main thrust of the movie.
While at first blush this may not seem to be much of a story, it is strangely compelling. It was directed by Paul Shrader, who wrote Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, so he is no lightweight when it comes to dark subjects. However, the movie is pretty quite bright and cheery for the first third or so. Then by design, as we see more and more of Bob Crane's degrading life and lifestyle, the colors get darker and drabber, different film-stock is used for a grungier feel, the camera becomes hand-held rather than having smooth pans, etc.
Bob met up with a man named John Carpenter, who was sort of a video enthusiast/merchandiser, when video was just getting going. There is a fair amount of retro-video technology shown in the movie - big bulky cameras (VTR's - video tape recorders)- which produce reel-to-reel tape, then big bulky cassettes, etc. In fact, like modern men, these two characters sometimes would be more interested in the working of the technology than the ladies they have brought home.
These two men struck it off and became good friends. With his TV show on the air, Bob had no problem getting women, and John reaped some benefits as well.Read more ›
1) It gives you the details behind Bob Crane's wild sex life and subsequent murder (except the absolute identity of his killer).
2) Greg Kinnear was the best choice to play Bob (Hogan). Willem Dafoe also did a good job as his ever-present photographer friend.
3) There was a decent amount of female nudity throughout (although from unknown actors).
4) There are special features including commentary tracks and behind-the-scenes shows.
1) If you didn't watch the TV series "Hogan's Heroes" back in the 1960's (reruns on cable don't count), then you won't find anything interesting in this partial biography.
2) For a movie that is about the sexploits of two wild swingers (Crane and his photographer), there wasn't much sex. Much more time is spent talking about the process of setting of their new-fangled video equipment to record their sessions.
If you're REALLY interested in the last 20 years of Bob Crane's life, especially the scandal behind his tragic death, then this one is a must-have. Everybody else will probably find this movie boring. Buy this one cheap (or rent it) because you may never watch it again.
Most recent customer reviews
Never knew how he met his end. Interesting life he led while his starlight was fading. boy did this guy did alot of whoring around...lol.Published on May 12 2014 by Gerry Madden
Done in the vein of those cable behind the scenes documentaries, the story that unfolds is not that unique or even surprising. We sort of know what is going to happen to Bob... Read morePublished on June 12 2004
Disgusting. I mistakenly thought this DVD was about this guys career as a Hogan Heroes star and trials he suffered up until his death. Read morePublished on May 29 2004
Auto Focus is a tragedy based on Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) who was a radio personality before he became the star of the 1960s television show Hogan's Heroes. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Swederunner
Auto Focus is a tragedy based on Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) who was a radio personality before he became the star of the 1960s television show Hogan's Heroes. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Swederunner
Bob Crane, the lovable character was "Hogan's Heroes" led a double life a devoted family man and comedian to his friends and a porn-obsessed guy in private. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Diaspora Chic
Mr Schrader is something of an artist/anthropologist/moral conscience of American society. In this instance he unveils one consequence of the objectification of women. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Ian Muldoon
Paul Schrader is something of an anthropologist/artist in the way in which he chronicles American society, especially its obsessions. Pornography is clearly one such obsession. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Ian Muldoon
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