Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)
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Gregory Crewdson's riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro's fascinating profile of the acclaimed artist includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his
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Shapiro's film is fascinating even if it can't possibly answer all the mysteries propelling the work of a photographer whose interest in secrets was rooted in wondering what tales were being uncovered in his psychologist father's basement office.
"Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans.
Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.
Crewdson's pictures are worth a thousand words, so it's not surprising that the sequences of him meticulously choreographing his eerie shots speak volumes. You wish some of that disciplined approach had worn off on his biographer.
With marvelous discipline, Mr. Shapiro crams a wealth of material into a tight 77 minutes, smoothly communicating the group effort required to achieve the perfect shot.
An example of narrowcasting through and through, this documentary offering achieves a certain hold for those inclined toward psycho-social rumination.
"Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans.
Gregory Crewdson drives through the towns in Western Massachusetts that serve as settings for so many photos in Beneath the Roses, towns where the streets are empty and the buildings are low.
Explores the life, art and working methods of Brooklyn-born photographer Gregory Crewdson, now know for painstakingly and expensively staged tableaux of homes and neighborhoods that require, in essence, a film crew to create...
Ben Shapiro shot this documentary over 10 years and not only achieves a portrait of the artist but also captures the artistic process itself, following Crewdson from initial inspiration to finished product.
Reverent if none-too-probing portrait of a master of the micro-managed tableau.
Ben Shapiro's goal isn't so much a comprehensive biopic as an in-the-moment snapshot of creative fervent.
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