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

Release date:September 10, 2010
(NY; LA release: Sept. 17)

Studio:Lorber Films

Director:John Scheinfeld

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Harry Nilsson, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Webb, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson, Paul Williams

Genre:Documentary, Music

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Plot Summary:

The star-studded documentary features interviews with Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Al Kooper, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, the Smothers Brothers, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson and many more as well as members of the Nilsson family. The result is a vibrant and definitive portrayal of an uncompromising artist. Born into poverty in a humble section of Brooklyn and raised by his mother after his father abandoned the family, Harry Nilsson overcame many obstacles, achieving the peak of his commercial success in the early1970s, when the album Nilsson Schmilsson was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. The film reveals how his personal life was as complex and contradictory as his music, as well as his spirited relationship with John Lennon and his close bond with Ringo Starr. A brilliantly gifted songwriter, his work has been covered by a wide range of artists (The Monkees to Harry Belafonte, Blood Sweat & Tears to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Three Dog Night to Ella Fitzgerald, Aimee Mann to Barbra Streisand). And yet, with an irony that was typical of his career, his greatest fame and success came as a singer of other people's songs. Blessed with a remarkable three and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was the recipient of 17 Gold Records (in addition to his two Grammy Awards for "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Without You") and yet, never cut his music to fit mainstream fashion. He was also considered to be peer-less as a wild man, a legendary party animal who could drink John Lennon and Keith Moon under the table - while also being known as a devoted husband and father. Intertwined throughout the doc are rare performances from two BBC specials, promo films, music videos, home movies, as well as excerpts from the Oscar-winning film, Midnight Cowboy and an unfinished documentary about the recording of the Harry's 1972 album Son of Schmilsson. All music in the film is by Nilsson, and the film's soundtrack features over 50 songs from his career, including all of his best-known hits, unreleased tracks and rare recordings. For more information, please visit the film's official site.

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