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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny and June and Saul, 30 Oct 2013
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Paul Allaer (Cincinnati) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: My Father And The Man In Black [DVD] (DVD)
"My Father and the man in Black" (2012 release; 88 min.) is a documentary written, produced and directed by Jonathan Holiff, the son of Saul Holiff. Saul was the manager of Johnny Cash for about 15 years (late 50s to early 70s).

As the documentary opens, we see a re-enactment of Saul's suicide in 2005, and Jonathan's subsequent obvious struggle with the passing of his dad, whom he barely had spoken to in the last 20 years apparently. As it happens, Saul left a true treasure trove of memorabilia from his entire career, including of course the golden years with Johnny Cash. Through the use of pictures, archive footage, and tons of reel tape with Saul's thoughts on everything (as well as taped telephone conversations--I wonder if the person on the other side of the line knew about that), Jonathan is able to paint a vivid picture of his dad's humble beginnings in Hollywood, only to eventually make it into "the business" as Johnny Cash's promotor and manager. The highlight of Saul's career is probably when he suggests June Carter as an additional act to Johnny's touring circus. The rest, as they say, is the stuff of legends.

Couple of comments: as mentioned already, there are a number of re-enactments in the movie, basicaly to provide an image to the multitudes of reel tape being used. I must say that the re-enactments didn't bother me at all. Second, the documentary of course focuses on Johnny Cash (for obvious commercial reasons), but the TRUE story of this documentary is how Jonathan is trying to find closure in the relationship with his dad. Why was his dad so angry and mean with Jonathan? Why did his dad commit suicide? All this eventually is answered in this documentary.

Bottom line: I was pleasantly surprised how well this documentary played out. No, this isn't an earth-shattering documentary along the lines of, say, that other documentary I just saw, "The Act of Killing". If you are a die-hard Johnny Cash fan, you absolutely do not want to miss this. For the casual Cash fan such as myself, "My Father and The Man in Black" possesses enough charm and yes, entertainment, that the documentary flew by in no time. This documentary came out over a year ago in Canada, and it's just now finding its way into US theatres with a DVD release soon thereafter. Not sure why it's taken this long, but better late than never. Well worth checking out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Viewing, 30 Oct 2013
This review is from: My Father And The Man In Black [DVD] (DVD)
This inspirational film makes compelling viewing as the story of the impact on the lives of effected by the erratic behavior of Johnny Cash is played out. Jonathan Holiff, the son of Saul, manager of Johnny Cash who was air brushed out of history, picks up the pieces following the premature death of his father by suicide. The resentment Jonathan felt after a life of emotional estrangement from his dad is tempered as he discovers the interminable pressure inflicted on Saul by the erratic, reckless behavior of Cash. The film is moving in a way you perhaps wont realize as the drama plays out but which will have you re-examine your relationship with your father / son and the results might not be as you would imagine. Compelling viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story, 24 April 2014
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This is a fascinating documentary of a man just as (or almost as) troubled by inner demons as the Man in Black himself. Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash's manager for many years, emerges as a complex character in this film which was made by his son. At the same time, a lot of new light is shed on Johnny Cash, too, both as an artist and as a private person. Holiff was hardly what you call a model father. He was very strict and aloof, but regretted his bad behavior towards his children in his later years, before committing suicide. Highly recommended for anybody interested in Cash.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love It !, 9 Dec 2013
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For all Johnny Cash Fans! you must see this DVd ! Its so interessting and a very very emotional Story!!!

Best wishes for all Johnny Cash Fans ! GREEZZZ from Austria/ Vienna !
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