Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) (2006)
Directed by John Scheinfeld
This 2006 documentary was directed by John Scheinfeld who also made The U.S. vs John Lennon and a number of other music themed films and television programs. The film focuses on the life and work of Harry Nilsson, a singer-songwriter who found great success with his wonderful voice. He would go on to write some memorable tunes and befriend many other stars, including The Beatles. His biggest success came with the 1969 song Everybody’s Talkin’ which became part of the iconic film Midnight Cowboy.
This was an amazing documentary. The amount of research done is incredible. The film included interviews with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and a number of other famous people. The movie examines his tough childhood and his overnight rise to fame. It also shows how his personal successes and failures affected his music. Over the course of his career he managed to write some timeless songs. He also managed to push people away with his need for power and control. Sadly, the documentary also examines Harry’s problems with drugs and alcohol that plagued his career.
There was also a wealth of great footage which really shows off his great talent. Below is a performance of one of his biggest hits.
This film was an inside look at the life of Harry Nilsson who died in 1994 at the age of 53. It is filled with interviews which make it feel like a story being told by his dearest friends and family. I give this documentary 3.8 out of 5 stars.