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Inventing David Geffen 

David Geffen's far-reaching influence - as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist - has helped shape American popular culture for the ... See full summary »

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Susan Lacy

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Susan Lacy
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Episode credited cast:
David Geffen ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Azoff ... Himself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
Cher ... Herself
Clive Davis ... Himself
Maureen Dowd ... Herself
Rahm Emanuel ... Himself
Nora Ephron ... Herself
Tom Hanks ... Himself
Don Henley ... Himself
Arianna Huffington ... Herself
Jimmy Iovine ... Himself
Elton John ... Himself
Mike Nichols ... Himself
Yoko Ono ... Herself
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David Geffen's far-reaching influence - as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist - has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously press and camera-shy, Geffen reveals himself for the first time. Written by PBS Publicity

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English

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20 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Incredibly complete account of David Geffen's work and psyche.
3 June 2013 | by casparsongsSee all my reviews

Most of us know the name of David Geffen, but most probably because of the name Geffen appears prominently on big selling CDs like Aerosmith's, or Guns 'n Roses'. This documentary shows the whole picture. How a poor, Jewish boy from New York, works his way up in the entertainment business. He uses a little cheating, a bit of bluff, but thanks to his incredible work ethos, and relentless support for his artists, ends up on top of the pyramid.

What struck me most was the completeness the documentary shows of Geffen's career and personal life. The makers surely managed to grasp the essence, without getting lost in too many material available. They pay tribute to very prominent personality in entertainment. But not just looking at his work and accomplishments, but also where his drive comes from, what negative experiences he has had that made him the way he is. All in all, I'd like to call this a solid account of a survivor, a macher in the entertainment industry, that would have existed without him, but that wouldn't have been the same.

A more extensive review, on this documentary and others, you'll find on the CasparSongs blog.


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