(aka ''The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story'')

directed by Susan Warms Dryfoos
USA 1996

The Line King tells the amazing story of Al Hirschfeld, creator of thousands of famous drawings of stars and celebrities for more than sixty years. Nominated for an Academy AwardŽ for Best Documentary Feature (1996), The Line King celebrates Hirschfeld's many years of work for The New York Times, where his drawings were a centerpiece of the Sunday Arts section. With appearances by Lauren Bacall, Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Barbara Walters, Robert Goulet, and many others, The Line King is a fascinating portrait of the artist as a cultural icon.


Theatrical Release: September 27trh, 1996 - USA

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DVD Review: Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:26:04
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio  English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 20-page liner notes essay by Michael Kimmelman
• Gallery of drawings (19)
• New footage: Hirschfeld creates a Paul Newman caricature (7:25)

DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004

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Chapters: 16


This is a very good documentary and Home Vision has done it justice. The image is better than you might expect from a television release. The enclosed liner notes essay is wonderful with drawings and there is 19-strong gallery that you can click through. No subtitles (which I would have been appreciative of) but otherwise top notch. Way to go Home Vision!  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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