SHOWMAN

V'07

SHOWMAN

Albert Maysles, David Maysles
USA, 1963
53min, OF

SHOWMAN

Albert Maysles, David Maysles
USA, 1963
, 53min, OF

Cast: 
Joseph E. Levine
Sophia Loren
David Susskind
Stanley Baker
Alain Delon
Kim Novak
Cast: 
Stimme
Norman Rosten
Camera: 
Albert Maysles
Editor: 
Daniel Williams
Tom Bywaters
Betsy Powell

Production: 
Maysles Films Inc. 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY 10019, USA T 212 582 6050 info@mayslesfilms.com
World Sales: 
Maysles Films Inc. 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY 10019, USA T 212 582 6050 info@mayslesfilms.com
Format: 
16 mm
Black/White

Showman follows movie merchant Joseph E. Levine during the ballyhoo of Vittorio de Sica's La ciociara and Sophia Loren's Oscar-winning performance. Levine wheels and deals his way through daily life - surrounded by movie stars, fellow tycoons and yes-men. Levine grew up in the slums of Boston where he became a small-time distributor of films. Only a few years ago he could be seen toting a can of film under his arm. New England was his territory. At the time of Showman, he is already a big executive. His territory: the world.
Showman was filmed during a period when Levine was enjoying huge success handling La ciociara. The camera is with Levine as he negotiates for the release of his films and at a reunion of boyhood friends from the West End of Boston. It follows him on the way to Cannes to present the Oscar to Sophia Loren, and through his debate with David Susskind about the art of the movies.

This film is shown together with Plaza 8. What the Underground Girls Are Waring Underneath.