CITIZEN BLACK (Debbie Melnyk) Rating: NNN
This is a fairly pedestrian biographical film on the now disgraced millionaire. Its chief problem is that the director never got Conrad Black or Barbara Amiel to sit for an interview, so there's a lot of second-hand history.
It's the Citizen Kane approach, which should work: Black was as fascinated by William Randolph Hearst as Orson Welles was. But this portrait isn't nearly as absorbing as that fiction. Indeed, I came away thinking that Black is much more interesting than the filmmaker can convey within the constraints of her directorial approach.
It's one of the Doc Soup screenings run through the year by Hot Docs and, compared with some of the films in the series, a very minor offering. (Bloor Cinema, October 6)