Bob Crane gets it on and on and on and on...
Wendell and I went and saw Auto Focus last night. I grew up watching Hogan's Heroes on syndication and I learned about the wild sex life of Bob Crane in just the last few years. I had to see this movie after I had read a few reviews and heard about the debate surrounding it.
First of all, Greg Kinnear does a great job portraying Bob Crane. I don't know if it was make or just good acting but he was eerily similar to Crane at times. William Dafoe played Crane's porno-fuck buddy Bob Carpenter with just the right amount of sleaziness and passive-aggression necessary to set him up as Crane's obvious but unconvicted murderer.
The movie critic for the Charlotte Creative Loafing had an excellent review of Auto Focus. He mentions how the film distances itself from Bob Crane and through this distancing we are able to objectively watch his slide into addiction. The fact that it is sexual addiction is secondary, it's his plight that is the focus.
Auto Focus is one of those movies that I am glad I saw. It's probably the most interesting and thought provoking film I have seen since Ghost World which the whole world should have to see.