American Splendor

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(biography, comedy, drama)
Download Movie American SplendorHarvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his American Splendor a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature.


Chris Ambrose as Superman
Joey Krajcar as Batman
Josh Hutcherson as Robin
Cameron Carter as Green Lantern
Daniel Tay as Young Harvey
Mary Faktor as Housewife
Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar
Harvey Pekar as Real Harvey
Larry John Meyers as Throat Doctor
Vivienne Benesch as Lana
Barbara Brown as Nurse
Earl Billings as Mr. Boats
Danny Hoch as Marty
James Urbaniak as Robert Crumb
Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini

So-called "underground comics have been with us for a long time, but
Took new life in the 60's when the anger on racism and the Vietnam War led

New strips, some engagingly pornographic. The rise of an alternative
Bicoastal largely provided readers often strong and pervasive, and not infrequently
insipid comics.

Complement to the regular appearance of the newspapers current comics,
Comics also emerged in a similar manner, but not the substance of impatience
foresees one hundred ten publications of my childhood. Stores specializing in
These cartoons appeared in urban areas and near some centres.

In this scene came Harvey Pekar, the anti-hero of the America's Heartland,
over later with his wife, Joyce Brabner. "American Splendor", a comic series
still treasured by segments of an ageing population, was his
Contribution to a nation divided and troubled. And this movie is a minor
Joya cultural memory.

The film begins with Harvey as a little boy trick-or-treating in their neighborhood
Cleveland. His colleagues are all decorated as Superheroes
Harvey, but it is normal in street clothes bearing the interrogation,
A challenge by a neighbor that future with a tray of trafficking. Harvey is less
A non-conformist
Role of what he is simply out of the pairs

Segue to a twice divorced Harvey, who lives in an apartment dominated by
And the books - and trash - and employed as a Veterans Administration Medical Center
File clerk. As portrayed by Paul Giamatti, Harvey is not
Unhappy neurotically or even despair. He has a life, but it is not
complete. He does not anger against their fixed station in life, but he
He wondered:

The real Harvey become introspective about his consultations in ordinary life
Crude series of comics (he could not take the offal), that the success
- Illustrator friend recognized with a potential for commercialization. While not
Anti-existentialist, Harvey stories bucked a trend by pseudointellectual
Highlighting his character, without the despair of everyday life. The result,
"American Splendor", apparently without being sold very well with what any

Significant Revenue to its creator.

"American Splendor" in the series of comics repeatedly pictorial similar
Descriptions "Mr. Urban Everyman," which now appear in the former
But Now mainstream papers like New York The Village Voice.

Into Harvey's grim (and well-filmed) pad life and comes Joyce Brabner, a
Comics fan who connects from a distance with the person Pekar. Played with
Vision and the vitality of Hope Davis, Joyce stays to meet Cleveland
Harvey and never leaves. To marry.

In a land dominated by television, where fans of the saints and both can enjoy
fifteen minutes of fame, Pekar becomes irregular guest on the night national TV

Display. The irony, beautifully shows here is that television interludes
Brief occupation of the luxury hotel suites while Harvey's imperative to maintain

His Work continues daily.

Harvey and Joyce have a close relationship, but quixotic. She wants children,
. He accepts living in Cleveland, he has to dash off to
Tinderboxes the world to help children in crisis.

A real crisis Harvey is a diagnosis of cancer with the uncertainty of
Results darkening life of the couple. Their plight is represented by short but
painful realism. How much resistance to disease and a new artistic
Association, Harvey and Joyce write "Our Cancer Year," a comic
it was just a comic on time.

Veering between comedy and drama, Harvey and Joyce's history is uneven, but
life and "American Splendor" the reality that captures wonderfully. A
approach that works is the real Harvey, and to a lesser extent, the real
Joyce, alternate with Giamatti and Davis to tell their stories. The real
Harvey is less dramatic than his counterpart, but ironically their disarmament and
suggests a man who has managed to stay in control of their lives. Hope Davis

Atípicamente one-blond, it seems much like the real Joyce.

Giamatti captures Harvey alignment and the merger of a unique and insightful
Creativity with an ordinary life populated by a variety of friends and
All coworkers with their own peculiarities . Harvey did not try to change them: Simply

He joined the band in their stories. They are the "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
" of the 60's and 70 underground comics scene.

Well filmed and acted, "American Splendor" is worth seeing.

Brings Back Memories for some and knowledge for all.

7 / 10.

Over the years, people have read dozens of comic books:
Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, The Green Latern, X-Men, Hulk, etc.,
Seeking escape from reality, but at the same time, looking for a relationship
books. With "American Splendor" on the other hand, is very different from
comics. What makes it so special? It
represent real life in which shows the character of Harvey Pekar
Different situations.

"American Splendor" is a comedy / drama biography on the life of Harvey Pekar
(Played by Paul Giamatti), which plays the movie as a comic book that
show scenes real and fictional. Even the real Harvey
often makes appearances in the film to talk about his life, his wife
(Joyce) and kind of everything that made him the person he is
Day today.

Harvey Pekar can be described as one of those characters who do not seem
To give a damn about the world. The reason that this root
Character is that he is the type of person who lives in his own world,
not give a crap about the incidents in the world, not to take
Formal college education, work on a cul-de-sac where the work
Future, the people are still laughing at him. And yet, I do not blame him. I remember
two other films that had losers, but made an impact on society
Male: "The Big Lebowski" and "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" in
both male characters not have to worry about anything or go
Outside dates, society or even pleasant (no, no, no, people).

All in all, American Splendor is a great movie. Although the film
Hearing are for kids, I still encourage people to see this film
. The film also stars Hope Davis, Harvey portray the wife, Joyce.

One of the best movies!

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