Californian DJ Bob Crane becomes a '60s TV star off the back of US sitcom Hogan's Heroes and, hooking up with techno wizard John Carpenter, embarks on a downward spiral of seedy sex, wrecked marriages, dinner theatre and gruesome death.
Although the movie winds up around ten minutes too long and Schrader's occasional flights into fantasy don't quite come off, Auto Focus emerges as funny, imaginative and bizarrely touching. A compelling, complex portrait of a deeply shallow man.
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