The Bottom Line: "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, Our nation turns it's lonely eyes to you. Jolting Joe has left and gone away, Hey hey hey" ~Paul Simon
I can't say I was overwhelmed watching the documentary Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio, but I wasn't totally disappointed either. It won one award and shows no rating although I found it rather vanilla and feel most people could watch it with no problem.
Under "cast" listing it showed only DiMaggio but there were tons of people showcased throughout the documentary. I felt they should have least been given a nod, although most were cameo appearances. I am talking about people like Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, the entire Yankee team and staff, Marilyn Monroe, The Kennedy Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Toots Shor, Paul Simon ... well, the list goes on and on, at least for me.
The majority of the documentary focused on the later years of DiMaggio, once he retired from baseball and became a franchise. He did absolutely nothing unless he made a buck doing it and why not? If you can't perform on the field any more you might as well cash in on what you do off the field. Very little time was spent showing actual baseball and what little was shown was generally overlain by newspaper articles and so forth.
It touched briefly on his stint in the Army but considering he never left the US soil, I guess they couldn't delve too much into that. The main focus was his desire to remain anonymous, which is strange considering the job he held and his expertise and his marriage to Monroe. Even later, his involvement in everything finanical surrounding his name, speaks little of anonymity to me.
I was surprised to find out he was the first person to break the salary barrier in baseball, and look how that has spiraled out of control. Other than that I learned very little new about it other than I found him a bit pompous, which I guess is typical of someone in his position.
There were very few live interviews in the film, it consisted almost entirely of archived footage. It was in black & white but not the good black & white associated with films. I shucked it off to the age of the films being shown as far as quality of presentation and sound.
I wouldn't rush out to secure this if you are a baseball fan. You would probably be left wanting.
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