The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Benjamin Berman
  • Cast: The Amazing Johnathan, Eric André, Benjamin Berman
  • UK release: 19 November 2019

Film about ailing magician John Szeles, who enlists director Berman to document his comeback; gradually the director becomes as much a subject of his own film. A hall of mirrors, personable and engrossing, and an original take on the documentary format.

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The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

18 Nov 20194 stars

This documentary about the ailing magician is as tricksy and unconventional as its subject

The title of Benjamin Berman's documentary about the magician known by the stage name The Amazing Johnathan is deliberately tricky. Is the documentary amazing, or the subject? And how can something claim to be 'the' definitive story when there's more…

Benjamin Berman: 'When does a filmmaker cross a line between furthering a legacy and helping to support a celebrity's legacy?'

18 Nov 2019

Director discusses his debut documentary on unique and irreverent magician The Amazing Johnathan

'In the movie you see Eric Andre say, "yeah, you gotta do it!" That's what I was expecting to get from him. That's on brand. Then behind the scenes I talked to my friend Andrew who was also, "Yeah! Smoke fucking meth! Do it for your art!" Those two…

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