American Splendor


American Splendor Information

American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's life. The film was written and directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who share writing credit with Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner.

The film stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar and Hope Davis as Brabner. However, it also features appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves (along with Toby Radloff), who discuss their lives, the comic books, and how it feels to be depicted onscreen by actors. It was filmed entirely on location in Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio.

Cast

  • Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar
  • Hope Davis as Joyce Brabner
  • Judah Friedlander as Toby Radloff
  • James Urbaniak as Robert Crumb
  • Harvey Pekar as himself
  • Joyce Brabner as herself
  • Toby Radloff as himself
  • Josh Hutcherson as Robin
  • Gregory Budgett, an artist for American Splendor Magazine walk on as The Extra, who asked Harvey Pekar for his autograph at the book signing scene (in a leather jacket)
  • Eytan Mirsky as The Guitarist

Reception

American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to the award for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. At the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the film received the FIPRESCI (critics) award. It was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2003 Academy Awards. The film has a 94% fresh rating of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Columnist Jaime Wolf wrote a laudatory review of the film in Slate, also drawing attention to formal parallels with Woody Allen's Annie Hall and other Allen films.

Pekar wrote about the effects of the film in American Splendor: Our Movie Year.

Awards and nominations

Won
Boston Society of Film Critics

  • Best Screenplay (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Chicago Film Critics Association

  • Most Promising Filmmaker (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Chlotrudis Awards

  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association

  • Best Film
  • Best Screenplay (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
National Society of Film Critics

  • Best Film
  • Best Screenplay (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
New York Film Critics Circle

  • Best Actress (Davis)
  • Best First Film
Writers Guild of America (WGA)

  • Best Screenplay – Adapted (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Nominated
Academy Awards

  • Best Screenplay – Adapted (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics

  • Grand Prix
Chicago Film Critics Association

  • Best Actor (Giamatti)
  • Best Actress (Davis)
  • Best Film
  • Best Screenplay (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
Chlotrudis Awards

  • Best Movie
  • Best Director (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
  • Best Actor (Giamatti)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Davis)
Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Davis)
Satellite Awards

  • Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Giamatti)
  • Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Davis)
  • Best Director (Pulcini and Springer Berman)
  • Best Film – Musical or Comedy
  • Best Screenplay – Adapted (Pulcini and Springer Berman)



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