American Splendor

The jury prize winner tells the story of Harvey Pekar (the peerless Paul Giamatti), a Cleveland hospital clerk with a feisty wife (Hope Davis) and a need to turn his "ordinary" life into comic art. Filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini show how he does it (R. Crumb helps with the art). But it's the exhilarating way they blend life, comics, actors and the actual cranky Pekar himself that makes their film a one-of-a-kind marvel, the best of the fest.

From The Archives Issue 917: March 6, 2003
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