The Great Man: W.C. Fields – a documentary
The Great Man: W.C. Fields is featured in rare behind-the-scenes footage and home movies at work and at play, along with hilarious scenes from some of his greatest films.
In short, The Great Man: W. C. Fields is a short documentary about the life and career of W. C. Fields. It’s a short documentary — under an hour. Given that, there’s not much detail. There are some interesting video clips from interviews, behind the scene moments, etc. Those are all enjoyable. There are also some “generic” clips (animated characters dancing around a Christmas tree, for example) that frankly aren’t.
Given the brevity of the documentary, I frankly wouldn’t purchase the DVD. Having said that, I did watch it on Amazon Prime, and enjoyed it. It’s a good introduction to the life of W. C. Fields.
Editorial review of The Great Man: W.C. Fields courtesy of Amazon.com
W.C. Fields cultivated the persona of a misanthropic cynic and many found it hard to tell where the character ended and the real person began. Master juggler, Broadway headliner, and radio star, Fields eventually reached Hollywood superstardom. Included in this DVD are rare behind-the-scenes footage and home movies of Fields at work and at play, along with hilarious scenes from some of his greatest films.