David Holzman's Diary (1967)

David Holzman's Diary is a film which spoofs the art of documentary-making. It tells the story of a young man making a documentary of his life, who discovers something important about himself while making the movie.
Newly unemployed and beset with doubts and worries, Holzman thinks that filming his everyday existence will bring life into focus. Staged to seem like a documentary of a real person's life, Holzman’s filming of his life starts to take over his life.

Brilliantly conceived and executed by Jim McBride, it manages to simultaneously be very much of its time and very many years ahead of its time.
Amid the free-flowing, episodic structure of this rather scratchy and low-key movie, there are some arresting moments. On the surface it looks like a verity film and it does include spontaneous scenes like the one where a transsexual pulls up the car and starts talking to a non-diegetic cameraman.

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