Man Of The Year (1995)

DIRK SHAFER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1995.  The Documentary Foundation, Artisan Productions, Filmmakers Foundation, Seven Arts Pictures.  Screenplay by Dirk Shafer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Michael Muller.  Film Editing by , .  

 was Playgirl magazine’s Man of the Year in 1994, finding himself at the centre of attention from magazine readers as the most appealing centrefold to appear in the publication in years. What readers didn’t know was that Shafer had a Mr. Right of his own to come home to every night of the week, and has now written and directed this enjoyable and funny mockumentary that features him and his best friend playing themselves while actors play the various close people in his life.  It recounts his personal journey from unemployed gym bunny to sex industry superstar to filmmaker with stylish wit and lots of memorable stories. An obsessed female fan of his with “dry, damaged hair” is particularly funny.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1995

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