Film Review: Framing John DeLorean

If you’re like me, a child who grew up in the ‘80s, the DeLorean was an iconic car. This is almost entirely down to the role it played alongside Doc Brown and Marty McFly in the Back to the Future films. For an older generation, John DeLorean was synonymous with entrepreneurship, high capitalism and scandal. Whilst clearly a maverick and great dreamer, his ambition would end up being his undoing.

In Framing John DeLorean, the new documentary from Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, they track the rise and fall of the American businessman. Using archive footage, contemporary interviews and reconstructions, they piece together his life; beginning with his rapid accent in the motor industry, then going alone and finally bankruptcy and infamy. Alec Baldwin plays the man himself.

Framing John DeLorean is a fascinating roller-coaster ride through the life of one of America’s most famous post-war innovators. His tale is a cautionary one, both in his business dealings and private life. The blend of mediums allows Argott and Joyce to maintain an electric pace; which never lets up. They capture the whirlwind he found himself at the centre of with this compelling portrait of eccentricity and over-confidence.

Framing John DeLorean is available on Digital Download from 29 July.   

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