David Holzman’s Diary. 1967. USA. Directed by Jim McBride

In 1968 the Department of Film started its ongoing Cineprobe (now Modern Mondays) series with a screening of Jim McBride and L. M. Kit Carson’s low-budget 16mm film David Holzman’s Diary. This American maverick classic, among the first examples of self-referential film, has a simple premise: a young man thinks it would be interesting to film his life—turns out he’s wrong. Presented in a new, digitally restored version courtesy of Kino Lorber, David Holzman’s Diary is a prescient send-up of the kind of onanistic egotism endemic to the age of Facebook and YouTube.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.

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