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Photo by Eleanor Mostel, ©Bert Stern Studio, 1955

"A remarkably candid and revealing documentary. Laumeister and Stern’s relationship — one of muse and mentor — is intimate and complex, and this unconventional film reflects that. For Stern, taking photographs was like making love — an intense, emotional experience. The images from Marilyn Monroe’s Last Sitting remain some of the most iconic and intimate celebrity portraits ever made. As a new season of ‘Mad Men’ premieres, it’s perfectly fitting that the original mad man, Bert Stern, is receiving the accolades that his remarkable life and career deserve." -Phil Bicker, Time Magazine

"Bert Stern was photography's baddest bad boy. He busted conventions, created iconic images with groundbreaking conceptual photography in advertising's "creative evolution."  He possessed an uncanny eye for, and adored, beautiful women—"I fell in love with everything I photographed," They, in turn, made love to his lens. Readers savored his luscious photos of the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Maclaine, Sophia Loren, Twiggy, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, and even Grandma Moses. But Stern hid himself behind his camera until now."- Steven Heller, The Atlantic

"Eye-opening, intriguing and timely.  A highly intimate, fascinating portrait."
-Frank Schleck, The Hollywood Reporter

"An unflinching portrait of the first photographer Superstar…" Vanity Fair

"Absolutely smashing…a terrific, jaw-droppingly candid documentary."
Film Journal International

"Candid, and at times almost painful in its level of exposure. Stern says: ‘I’m a prisoner of all the things I’ve done.‘  Oh, but what a whole lot of things he’s done."
-Antonina Jedrzejczak, Vogue Magazine

"An engaging subject and a lively reminder of the ethos of a bygone era."
- Krishanu Ray, The Stranger (Seattle)

"Can’t wait for the next Mad Men? Well, hurry on over to catch Bert Stern: Original Mad Man. This thrilling biography covers the life and work of one of American photography's all-time greats, known for capturing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and the infamous Lolita image from Stanley Kubrick's film." -Shelby Thompson, Bust Magazine

"Goes into the darkroom of Stern’s life and with accurate exposure creates a phenomenal life story…beautifully done and fascinating and you do realize, ’Why didn’t someone do this earlier?" -Edge, Boston 

"Stern tells his compelling and extraordinary story—of his passions and obsessions, his successes and his failings, and the stories behind some of the most remarkable and iconic images of the age." - Life

"The untold and intimate life story of "bad boy" photographer and cultural icon Bert Stern."
- Miami Herald

"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man, is a candid and revealing portrait of the photographer — in director’s Laumeister’s words, it “deals with the controversial nature of who people are. We are all contradictory, and if you turn a camera on anyone’s life they’ll have plenty of reason to hide." - Time, Lightbox

"It’s different to imagine a time before Jon Hamm, but there was one. And in that Hamm-less era, there was Bert Stern — one of the titans of commercial photography that utterly revolutionized Madison Avenue with his visionary work behind the lens."   - The Crosby Press

"…Stern started telling the story of his life, and before I knew it I was hooked. The measure of a good film is that you’re rooting for the main character, and that’s what happens here. You care for Stern, you like him, you feel close…. It’s really one of the best personal profile Docs I’ve seen in a long long while, almost on the level of Errol Morris’s, The Fog Of War. I’ve been telling all my friends about Laumeister’s film." - Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood-Elsewhere.com

"Bert Stern: Original Madman is a sometimes uncomfortably intimate portrait of a man who seems unsure if he has a place left in the culture he helped to shape. " -Village Voice

"Bundled with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as commercial photography's key influencers, he held equal passion for promoting Smirnoff vodka and getting laid."
- Huffington Post

"Fascinating. Filled with beautiful images. If Don Draper had been a photographer...well, he might have been a bit like Bert Stern.” - Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

"The film succeeds because it brings attention to Stern’s massive influence on the art of portraiture and commercial photography." -Artememe.com

"Fascinating." -Steve Warren, InsiteAtlanta.com