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The Incomparable Rose Hartman

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Otis Mass

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About the Movie

You may not know her by name but unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years you’ve seen her work. Starting with some of the most arresting images from Studio 54 and moving forward into the New York celebrity fashion scene, Rose has photographed every major celebrity, fashion designer, artist and socialite who has ever ventured out into the nightlife of NYC. Her work is strewn with fashionable club goers from the 70’s and 80’s, social events and fashion shows. Rose was one of the first photographers to capture the backstage environment of the fashion world and is known by the industry elite as the woman who takes a portrait that the subject would have taken themselves if they could have. The film follows Rose through her life of entrée as she put the lives of the glamorous and famous on film that will serve as one of the few visual histories of NYC during her time. She’s boisterous and full of chutzpah, never failing to bring spice to any social situation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 0.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Pushy, judgmental, tart-tongued and self-obsessed, the photographer at the heart of Otis Mass's penetrating documentary, "The Incomparable Rose Hartman," is, like her snapshots, a piece of work. – Andy Webster, New York Times, May 31, 2017

Rotten: Mass commits the lazy doc sin of over-interviewing - dozens of talking heads fly by in just the first few minutes - which blurs the portrait in a soup of repeated comments as you try to assess who knew her and who's just pontificating. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 6, 2017

Fresh: A gorgeously shot, sharply edited portrait ... – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, May 31, 2017

Fresh: Mass makes good use of Hartman's archival images, keeping things flowing with a steady stream of glittery nostalgia. But what's especially interesting is the striking ambivalence of her peers. – Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap, Jun 2, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic doc!

Great, funny, sometimes poignant depiction of a scrappy fashion photographer (don't you DARE say paparazzi), who is possibly more interesting than most of her celebrity subjects. She's a pistol! And the director gets to the "real" Rose, past the facade she shows voluntarily.

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