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The man who sold the world.
Inventing David Geffen is a two-hour episode of American Masters that appeared in 2012 on PBS. It's a fascinating look at a guy who lied about going to UCLA just so he could land a job in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency to set him on the path to rule the world. He was the ultimate impresario of "fake it until you make it" and a fierce negotiator who loved rock and roll. He conquered music, film, and everything else in entertainment anyone could imagine.
Geffen's life reads like a who's who of the industry's finest. This Brooklyn kid who made himself west and graduated from Santa Monica College went on to produced Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Jackson Browne, furthered the success of The Eagles and Aerosmith, was responsible for the release of John Lennon's Double Fantasy, taught business at Yale, financially backed Broadway shows like Dreamgirls, produced cult classic films like Beetlejuice and Risky Business, co-founded Dreamworks Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and has since gone on to be a prolific philanthropist for AIDS research and the arts in schools.
This PBS Blu-ray has a crisp clean 1.78:1/1080i high definition transfer that looks vibrant and filmic, with a full DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track, even though it's essentially a television doc. Archival material varies in quality, but this is a treasure trove of rock and film history. Bonus material consists of twenty-five additional minutes of interviews excised from the show.
Far from a puff piece, Inventing David Geffen allows this impressive man a chance to share his story, exorcise some demons, and inspire hope in those who feel strongly about following their own passions.
Guilty of dreaming big and delivering bigger.
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