I’m from Hollywood chronicles Andy Kaufman’s performances in the world of wrestling… not so much professional man on man wrestling, but Kaufman’s own inter-gender wrestling (for which he held the belt for). I’m from Hollywood was a film that Kaufman and Margulies worked on while Kaufman was still alive but was later finished after his death by Margulies and Joe Orr at his request.
I’ve been dying to see this for years. I’ve seen clips out of crappy public domain Kaufman DVDs I own, so this was a real treat. It was way more full on than I thought it would be. Kaufman’s anti women tirades had me in stitches, his verbal abuse at the hicks and his arrogant imitations of their accent had me bent over in pain from laughing so hard. For those of you who haven’t seen clips of Andy wrestling, he wrestles women in all shapes and all sizes and in the 3 years he did this a woman never beat him. He struts around hyping up the crowds of toothless white trash hicks and berates them so much that I am surprised he never got mauled to pieces by these people. His anti south tirades are captured here all uncut, with his hygiene lessons and responses from natives of the south defending their hygiene usage.
I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice in one day. It’s funny to see how serious people take wrestling and how entwined their emotions are in the sport, I have to wonder whether any of the people in the crowds ever watched this and understood that a lot of it was embellished. His living is kicking women’s asses and harassing hicks and he does it well. I’m not a firm believer that women belong only in the kitchen but his tirades about how women are superior when it comes to cooking, cleaning, raising babies etc had me in tears, and how women rank: God, Man, Woman, Dog. Oh it was so funny. I could just imagine all the women getting so angry, and not even realising that they were witnesses to perhaps the most inventive and original performance artist ever. I don’t think Kaufman was a genius, he just knew how to get a response and how to play with people he was a great unconventional entertainer.
There’s also interviews with Taxi co-stars Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, and friends and acquaintances from Robin Williams, professional wrestler Jerry Lawler and Andy’s best friend Bob Zmuda. Clips of Tony Clifton, Andy playing the bongos and other skits of his throughout the documentary but the sole focus of the documentary is the wrestling. This is one DVD that is a must have if you are a fan of Kaufman, or anyone who can appreciate a far out sense of humour. Also accompanying this set is an introduction from Kaufman’s girlfriend Lynne Margulies, two full length matches with Jerry Lawler, letters from women challenging Kaufman to wrestle that he kept plus commentaries on nearly every feature.
- Introduction by Lynne Margulies
- Audio commentary with Director Lynne Margulies and Bob Zmuda -61 minutes
- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! – Kaufman boxes Jerry Lawler!- Two full length matches – 30 minutes
- Audio commentary on “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
- Jerry Lawler at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood- 35 minutes
- Dear Andy Kaufman- I Hate Your Guts!- Letters from women challenging Kaufman to wrestle
I’m From Hollywood is available on R0 DVD from Umbrella Entertainment.