American Journey (2009)

American Journey


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Film Forum is pleased to present AN AMERICAN JOURNEY, a new documentary by French filmmaker Philippe Séclier, exploring both the origins and resonance of Robert Frank's seminal photography book, The Americans, opening Wednesday, September 30. More than 50 years ago, in 1958, The Americans was published to great acclaim - as well as to negative reviews that faulted the Swiss-born Frank's vision of a nation awash in poverty, racism and postwar jingoism. Today it is impossible to overstate the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Special Interest
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Koch Lorber Films

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Critic Reviews for American Journey

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

An American Journey is short and scattered, and doesn't follow through often enough on its "catching up with The Americans 50 years later" premise.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

An American Journey is a movie about the making of a book, which puts it in a fairly narrow category.

Full Review… | September 30, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's incredibly understated with its depiction of a tarnished land of the free and promises to captivate Europeans and venturesome Americans willing to subject themselves to a bruised utopia.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

A mildly engaging documentary that's occasionally insightful, but not quite thorough and illuminating enough to make a truly strong impression.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

An impressionistic look at The Americans, Robert Frank's groundbreaking book of photographs, including interviews with some of the figures involved.

Full Review… | September 29, 2009
Film Journal International

American Journey works only sporadically as a supplement to the cultural moment it chronicles, and the passionate, serendipitously intimate breadth of Frank's lens.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Slant Magazine

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