Directed by: Bryan Kaufman
Written by: Michael Braun
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Made as Art: The Michael Braun Story
Michael Braun. Probably most known for his work with Macho Man Randy Savage and arguably the best guitar player ever, Jimi Hendrix. Those ruffled and flowy garments that Hendrix was famous for wearing was the work of Braun. As was Randy Savage's colorful attire, right down to those cool shades. This documentary / biography takes us through different stages of Michael's life from his early years on the water, through his clothing designs, sales, and celebrity to his most recent dabblings in the art world. For those looking to follow a very interesting life, they could do much worse than Michael.
Comprised of photos, graphics and more interviewees than you can shake a stick at, this is a definite must-see film for die hard documentary fans. Even if you don't know who exactly Michael Braun is, Made as Art makes sure you will before the end. This title also contains a good number of personal stories, from Michael's life and the lives of those he has known. The stories of Randy Savage, in particular, I found very interesting. Especially, the much softer side of the man. But make no mistake, this title isn't about them, it's about Michael; among the many highlights is the use of photographs and video to bring back to life a different era. A different time. If no other lesson was learned about the man as I watched, the one I did learn was this: Never settle for second best or the bargain bin. Don't sell yourself short. A very real notion that is so often forgotten by everyone attempting to run a business.
Even for the most die hard, I feel this film was maybe a little long in the tooth. Not quite by the end, but rather somewhere in the middle, the film loses steam, than picks back up again. This could be simply because I was not familiar with the man, it's hard to tell for sure. But I did feel a little pulled down for a short period.
Made as Art: The Michael Braun Story will appeal especially to the people who know of him. For the rest of us, although slightly long, Bryan Kaufman ensures there's enough going on to reel in most casual audiences. Other than learning about Michael himself, they will also learn a little about some of the celebs he wardrobed, making for a much more well rounded viewing experience. Three stars.