A Letter To True (2004)
This film is a collection of the director's favorite images of his dogs, friends, and historical world events.
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Critic Reviews for A Letter To True
Weber's mythologising of American loss of innocence (what, again?) and his homilies on world peace play on tired liberal totems like Martin Luther King and John Lennon and sit uncomfortably with an over-arching sense of sentimental nationalism.
If you don't have a dog waiting for you at home after seeing A Letter to True, you'll want one.
What at first glance seem like random episodes involving animals are actually lyrical impressions connected by the idea of unconditional love.
This is an elegant junk drawer of a movie, and the junkiest aspect is Weber's wooly-minded sentimentality about his pampered, shampooed, fussed-over pooches, which receive better medical attention than the poor Haitians he briefly frets about.
While Weber's voice-over throughout the film often strains for profundity on subjects such as 9/11 and the Iraq War, he's concise and on point in relating Bogarde and Forwood's love story.
A collage of everything that's important to Weber. But what's important to a rich, successful photographer/filmmaker with time and money on his hands is not necessarily important to anyone else.
If this epistolary documentary - voiced aloud with pictures to the photographer/film-maker's favourite pup and co-canines - meandered any more than it does, it could be arrested for vagrancy.
It remains eminently watchable and there's no doubting the affection Weber feels for his chums, pedigree or otherwise.
It's as precious and disarming as Weber's films always are, albeit with even more slo-mo shots of wet mutts at the seaside than usual.
Few film-makers would try anything so definitively personal; Weber doesn't always get away with it, but what emerges here is always interesting. And nicely shot, too.
The film, a rambling love-letter to Weber's favourite doggy, True, crudely interweaves the photographer's usual obsessions - tough, shirtless boys and faded Hollywood stars - with meaningless ruminations how, like, war is really bad.
[A] lovely, evocative documentary.
Weber is a sly raconteur with great names to drop, and his doggie footage is a kick.
Like a blog, True is a rambling discourse into the heart and mind of its creator, a series of disassociated musings that aren't intended for a wide audience.
More a quasi-autobiographical meditation than a conventional documentary, A Letter to True continues Bruce Weber's scrapbook approach to cinema.
...the disjointed nature of the work [of A Letter to True] kept me from embracing it.
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