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  • Summary: Sometime between 8pm on July 1st and 7am on July 3rd, 2003, Doug Bruce lost himself. That morning, riding alone on a New York subway headed towards Coney Island, he could not remember his name, where he worked, who his friends were, how much money he had in his bank account. He was without his identity. Unknown White Male is the true story of how Bruce, a successful former stockbroker, struggles to learn who he was and who he will become. The documentary, produced, directed and edited by Bruce’s longtime friend, Rupert Murray, chronicles this profound journey. (Wellspring) Expand
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  1. The extraordinary subject and the filmmaker's near total access make for a singular documentary.
  2. While I don't entirely rule out the possibility that Bruce is a hoaxster, it seems more likely that his story is one of those weird scientific anomalies that more frequently turn up as an Oliver Sacks case history.
  3. A fascinating, somewhat frightening documentary.
  4. Crammed with friendly, sympathetic talking heads and pretty images of a stunned-looking Mr. Bruce, then 35, relearning life (he remembers how to walk but forgot family and friends), the film comes up frustratingly short when it comes to the particulars.
  5. Intriguing, not-terribly-probing documentary.
  6. The film as a whole has the gravitas of a really thoughtful rock video.
  7. Many are the times the viewer stares disbelievingly at the screen, furious with Murray for not asking follow-up questions or simply refusing to see the need to prove the veracity of the story.

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  3. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. May 7, 2011
    Nah. Whilst it has an excellent story the reluctance of the person to be involved in the project lets the entire documentary down. This can be seen by how the director tries to fills the void with 'vanilla sky' time lapse sequences but with an reluctant and somewhat boring subject matter. it fails to pass as a documentary worthy of even a final film student. Expand

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