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William Eggleston in the Real World

William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Photographer William Eggleston created a sensation in the art world in 1976 when a collection of his work went on display at the Museum of Modern Art. While the Memphis native's work went against the grain of the conventions of art photography of the day with their heavily saturated colors and oblique, seemingly careless framings, in time critics developed an enthusiasm for his work, and one critic cited the show as "the beginning of modern color photography." Filmmaker Michael Almereyda is an

Feb 14, 2006

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An uncannily revealing portrait of a major American artist at work, all the more remarkable for the deceptive casualness with which it unfolds, as if Almereyda had just shown up.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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William Eggleston in the Real World offers an admiring and affectionate, if also unillusioned, view of its subject at work, play, and not much of anything (a suitably Egglestonian activity).

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The result isn't particularly mesmerizing, but it does offer a well-rounded portrait that will be of particular interest to photography lovers.

September 22, 2005
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Eggleston's rigor might be mistaken for languor, but Almereyda has just the temperament to get it right.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Ultimately, biodoc is less about Eggleston living in the 'real world' than about Almereyda filming there.

September 1, 2005
Variety
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Consistently more intriguing than Almereyda's recent documentary of a Sam Shepard play rehearsal (This So-Called Disaster), in part due to the subject's taciturn nature and his disinterest in the hows and the wherefores of his craft.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
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There is a sense of impromptu genius, of exactitude colliding with suddenness as the seemingly banal is rendered, for a moment, vividly permanent. Eggleston's photos force the viewer to behold the beauty of the commonplace.

July 1, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Watching "William Eggleston in the Real World" is frustrating but intriguing.

April 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Eggleston is obviously wired a little different than most of us, like all real artists, he sees things most of us don't...

February 13, 2006 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As a subject, he's reluctant to navel gaze, and his words -- subtitled because of his low, mumbling speech -- rarely provide an insight into his talent.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

At times, the cinema verite style suggests the 'psychic disarray, intimately observed' (Almereyda's words) of Eggleston's own 1970s video project, 'Stranded in Canton'...

October 24, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An absorbing depiction of the artist.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Without slavishly imitating the photographer's distinctive style, Almereyda also manages to connect his own images to all that's 'Egglestonian' in the photographer's world.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What Almereyda sees in Eggleston's work are the things that seem to drive Almereyda's films: life as a continual paradox.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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