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daily 06/17/2014

    • The examination of Holbrook’s journey playing the character over the course of the last 60 years fuels Scott Teems’ documentary, a black-and-white look at the legendary actor and his scientific approach to inhabiting one of the most famous literary figures of U.S. history.
    • He diligently chooses which pieces to perform (no two shows are exactly the same), does his own makeup, and gamely treks from town to town with only his costume, makeup, and experience in tow.
    • He, and the interview subjects who’ve seen the show, rightly proclaim that a lot of Twain’s anti-government, anti-establishment, pro-individualist ideas are as relevant as ever over 100 years after his death.
    • One section, where he talks about his terror before performing a race-related piece in civil-rights-era Mississippi, moved me and several other audience members (or at least the big guy sitting next to me) to tears.
    • The Twain scholars interviewed for the film note that he’s done more to keep Twain’s words and spirit alive for American culture than any other individual alive. I’d argue that this film is a similarly loving and educational tribute to Mr. Holbrook.

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