American Splendor DVD

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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of American comic book writer Harvey Pekar.

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Released
24 May 2004
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Optimum Home Entertainment 
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Runtime
99 minutes 
Features
PAL 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival this biographical comedy drama by documentary makers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Sherman fuses live-action film archive footage and animation to tell the story of comic book writer Harvey Pekar (played in the live action sections of the film by Paul Giamatti) Harvey leads a dull monotonous life working as a file clerk at a local veterans&39; hospital At home he fills his days by reading writing and listening to jazz and compulsively collects books and records which fill the walls and floors of his apartment Inspired by the work of his friend Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak) Harvey writes comics about the minor trials and tribulations of everyday life and gradually attains celebrity status as his work gains initially a cult and then a mainstream following Despite his newfound success it is his meeting with sardonic comic store owner Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis) that changes his life most profoundly The two marry within days of their first meeting and go on to co-write a book-length comic based on their life together &39;Our Cancer Year&39;

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this biographical comedy drama by documentary makers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Sherman fuses live-action film, archive footage and animation to tell the story of comic book writer Harvey Pekar (played in the live action sections of the film by Paul Giamatti). Harvey leads a dull, monotonous life, working as a file clerk at a local veterans' hospital. At home, he fills his days by reading, writing and listening to jazz, and compulsively collects books and records which fill the walls and floors of his apartment. Inspired by the work of his friend Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak), Harvey writes comics about the minor trials and tribulations of everyday life, and gradually attains celebrity status as his work gains initially a cult and then a mainstream following. Despite his newfound success, it is his meeting with sardonic comic store owner Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis) that changes his life most profoundly. The two marry within days of their first meeting, and go on to co-write a book-length comic based on their life together, 'Our Cancer Year'.

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