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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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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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A vigorous and knowledgeable documentary about a still photographer.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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"Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Crewdson lays his process bare, allowing for unprecedented insight into why a visionary of his caliber shares what he sees with the rest of the world.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An example of narrowcasting through and through, this documentary offering achieves a certain hold for those inclined toward psycho-social rumination.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

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.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Fascinating snapshot of the artist.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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...

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Reverent if none-too-probing portrait of a master of the micro-managed tableau.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Ben Shapiro's goal isn't so much a comprehensive biopic as an in-the-moment snapshot of creative fervent.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An engaging portrait of a fascinating artist, it is difficult if not impossible to look away from once it gets going -- much like Crewdson's astonishing photographs.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
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