Shannah Laumeister’s film provides insight into the life of the photographer, whose career started in the golden age of advertising.
Filmmaker Shannah Laumeister’s documentary Bert Stern: Original Mad Man provides insight into the life of the American photographer, the original mad man of Madison Avenue. He is particularly famous for his portrait series of Marilyn Monroe and his “Lolita with heart-shaped glasses” for the poster of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita.
He also photographed Jean Shrimpton, Suzie Parker, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Twiggy, and Liz Taylor. The unconventional documentary is organized into chapters and packed with photos, interviews and scenes from Stern’s daily life. The official synopsis states:
The launch of Sterns career and the Golden Age of Advertising would coincide; with Sterns Driest of the Dry campaign for Smirnoff. This ad would end up selling more vodka than Smirnoff dreamed, making America for the first time a vodka drinking country, and Stern a very successful photographer at the age of 25. Sought after by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and the international fashion scene, Bert was at the heart of what George Lois would call the creative evolution.
You can watch the trailer for Bert Stern: Original Mad Man below: