The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story If there's no business like show business, there's no caricaturist like Al Hirschfeld. A witty chronicler of the Great White Way, the New York Times…
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The Line King (2004)

Details Release Date: Jun 22, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jun 22, 2004; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Documentary

If there's no business like show business, there's no caricaturist like Al Hirschfeld. A witty chronicler of the Great White Way, the New York Times sketch artist (who died in January 2003 at age 99) is lovingly portrayed as a steady-handed sprite in The Line King, this meticulous doc. Tracing his life decade by decade, director Susan W. Dryfoos layers commentaries from the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Carol Channing over Hirschfeld's renditions of each performer, and the former sculptor himself reveals colorful personal tidbits (the U.S. military used to train student pilots by having them find the ''Ninas'' -- the odes to his daughter -- hidden in his drawings!).

EXTRAS Sparse additions include a silent gallery of Hirschfeld's well-known pieces (including Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart) and a seven-minute film of the artist in his element: making a sketch of Paul Newman in 2002's ''Our Town.''

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints