documentaries

film review: Chris & Don: A Love Story

Chris & Don: A Love Story Directed by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi USA, 2007 I loved this poignant if perhaps too reverent documentary about the relationship between American draughtsman Don Bachardy and writer Christopher Isherwood, not least because of its demonstration of the enduring, transformative power of desire and of art (Bachardy famously drew …

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film response: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

  Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre Documentaries about art and artists strike me as being more necessary than most subjects for film-makers to tackle. Although almost every modern cultural worker has benefited from instantaneous global communications networks — the writer, the musician, even the photographer — most other artists …

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film response: There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

Director Liz Garbus states in her interview with HBO that the central mystery of her exemplary documentary is that ordinary people can do monstrous things. In Diane Schuler’s case, it was driving the wrong way on a New York parkway and crashing head-on at 85 mph into an oncoming car, killing herself, her daughter, three …

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