I’ll let the bigger Blake Edwards fans out there recognize his fiction works, including his semi-autobiographical “S.O.B.” Anne Thompson wrote up a nice post in response to the filmmaker’s passing yesterday, and of course I recommend Monika Bartyzel’s obit at Cinematical. I’d instead like to spotlight one of his lesser-known works, which isn’t even listed in his IMDb filmography: the short 1972 documentary “Julie.”
It’s a fascinating film, somewhat akin to verite celeb profiles like D.A. Pennebaker’s “Jane,” but it’s also a kind of first-person work since it’s about Edwards’ wife (now widow), Julie Andrews, and also features the director throughout. The focus is on Andrews receiving her own (ultimately short-lived) TV variety show, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” first talking over the possibility with Edwards while the two walk on the beach and in the park. Obviously much of this seems staged, but it’s nevertheless a pretty candid portrayal of their private life, including many scenes with their kids.
“Julie” doesn’t appear to be available in any proper format, but you can see it in its entirety on YouTube and other video sites, though these copies are very poor quality. Try out the first ten minutes after the jump.
The rest of the six parts can be accessed via YouTube user JulieFan.
I would also like to draw attention to Edwards’ appearance in the 2000 documentary “I Remember Me.” Written and directed by Kim A. Snyder, it’s a fine but very conventionally styled film on the subject of chronic fatigue syndrome. If you like Edwards you may be interested in it solely for his interview, in which he talks about his struggle with the disease. The film is also on YouTube in its entirety (and on Netflix Watch Instantly, for more legitimate and non-segmented viewing), but here are Edwards’ segments.
He first appears at the 6:35 mark in this section:
He returns at 6:55 in the section below:
He’s back briefly in the below part, at 6:45, to admit that comedy saved him:
Fortunately for others out there in need of a laugh to get them through a disease or other hardship, Edwards gave the world plenty of humorous movies.