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Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) Paul Williams could only have happened in the 1970s. Short, with curly lips that made him look like a smirky Little Lord Fauntleroy, he was… 2012-06-01 PT84M Documentary Abramorama
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Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

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PAUL WILLIAMS IS STILL ALIVE Paul Wililams
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PAUL WILLIAMS IS STILL ALIVE Paul Wililams
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jun 01, 2012; Length: 84 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Abramorama

Paul Williams could only have happened in the 1970s. Short, with curly lips that made him look like a smirky Little Lord Fauntleroy, he was a fixture on talk shows, a cheeseball actor, and the deeply gifted composer of melancholy pop like "Rainy Days and Mondays." Then he burned out on drugs. In Stephen Kessler's doc, he's a humbled man who regrets the spoiled child he once was. The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom. B+

Originally posted Jun 20, 2012 Published in issue #1213 Jun 29, 2012 Order article reprints