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Tribeca 2019 Review: “Framing John DeLorean” (2019) ★★★★


Whenever there are ups, there are always downs which follow. Success and failure always walk hand in hand. Greed and generosity are like relatives – as soon as they start a conflict with each other, do not expect any good out of it. Sadly, the world knows many stories of people who rose to fame, reached all the way to the pedestal but then something happens; it is the human defect called selfishness and desire to get more and more when the fall begins, and it is long and painful, because as soon as its victim reaches the ground, he’s smashed into a million pieces leaving no chances for full recovery.

“Framing John DeLorean” is one of the most unusual documentary films you will ever see. It delicately captures the persona of John DeLorean, an American engineer, inventor, and executive in the U.S. automobile industry and the founder of DeLorean Motor Company. But who was he really? Was he that brilliant? Yes, he was. The documentary film knows how to show that. But it also draws a great parallel between who he appeared to be and who he has always been which you, as the audience, must learn after watching it. Through a rich selection of archival footages, most vital moments of DeLorean’s life have been dramatized through the performance of Alec Baldwin and Morena Baccarin as DeLorean’s wife, Christina Ferrare.

Written by Dan Greeney and Alexandra Orton, and directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, “Framing John DeLorean” is another wisely done documentary of someone some would consider as a great con man. Whether he was or not, it’s not what the film aims to tell though. It lets the story to play out, allows the inventor to speak for himself, actors do their part, and the screenplay, that’s like a painter, paints the picture of a beautiful façade of DeLorean’s personality, beneath which is a questionable life. Through his encounter with FBI or money laundering, drugs and all sorts of troubles DeLorean managed to put himself into, the film does one thing apart from many others right – whoever he was he was a legend, whether we want to accept it or not and history won’t be able to erase that undeniable fact.

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