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The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Review


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Al Hirschfeld is as much an icon of American entertainment as Walt Disney. His line-art caricatures are legendary, and his body of work would crush your foundation. Hirschfeld died in 2003 at the age of 99, and his legacy is dutifully recorded in this loving documentary, which features long stretches of interviews with the then-93-year-old artist, endless shots of his collected works, and commentary from his contemporaries.

The world knows Hirschfeld from his portraiture, but The Line King reveals a lot more of the man, from his interest in Eastern artistic styles, travels to communist Russia, political cartooning, and more. His impact on the creation of some of Broadway's most classic plays is duly noted, as well. One of the most interesting things in the film -- or that I've heard in my life, really -- involves the fact that the Pentagon uses the hidden "NINAs" (his daughter) in Hirschfeld's drawings to train pilots how to look for camouflaged targets.

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Superfly Star O'Neal Dies


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SUPERFLY star RON O'NEAL has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

His wife AUDREY says O'Neal died on Wednesday night (14JAN04) at Los Angeles' CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL CENTER.

O'Neal's stage performance in Joseph Papp's PUBLIC THEATRE production of NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY brought him to the attention of the producers of 1972's Superfly, which was a surprise hit leading the actor to reprise the role and take over directing chores in the sequel, 1973's SUPERFLY TNT.

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