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James Toback

Apr 6, 2009

As a director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker, James Toback (Fingers, Bugsy, Black and White, The Big Bang) has consistently explored the extremes of human behavior. For his intimate and innovative documentary Tyson, he found a perfect subject in Mike Tyson, the heavyweight boxing champion who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and went through a rollercoaster career filled with fame and controversy. Toback’s empathy with his subject results in a remarkably candid and revealing portrait of a man filled with surprising contradictions. Toback discussed the film at a special preview screening for the Museum of the Moving Image. Please note that some of the audience questions are inaudible.


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