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Tell Them Who You Are
  Release Date: 05/13/05 (Future Release)

Starring: Haskell Wexler, Mark Wexler, Peter Bart, Jane Fonda, Michaela Douglas

Director: Mark Wexler

Rating: (R)
  Running Time
  95 min
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Mark Wexler’s tremendously moving documentary about his father, the great cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Oscar winner for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory), is both a portrait of a Hollywood lefty who fought for perfection and an imperfect parent who left Mark feeling both flawed and ignored. Mark, a documentary filmmaker in his own right, was constantly undercut by Haskell while making this movie—sometimes the 80-year-old Haskell trained his own camera on his middle-aged son while Mark was trying to film him, hectoring the younger Wexler about lighting and angles. Along the way, Mark takes testimony from Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and others about the difficult, talented man his father was. Any old coot, no matter how gifted, who still calls his adult son “a mess” is clearly an SOB who’s inflicted some pain, and it’s to Mark’s credit that he shows Haskell’s warm, generous personality as well as his stubborn, control-freak side. — Reviewed by Ken Tucker, New York Magazine