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The Windmill Movie (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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As conceived and edited together by Alexander Olch, this documentary pays homage to the life of the late filmmaker and professor Richard P. "Dick" Rogers (Pictures from a Revolution). Director of the Harvard University Film Study Center, Rogers died in July 2001. He left behind boxes upon boxes of footage intended for an unrealized autobiographical film; working together with Rogers's wife and creative partner, Susan Meiselas (who assumed the role of producer here), Olch began assembling the

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Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Mar 22, 2011

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Late in this meandering film, Rogers' romantic infidelities and the onset of illness add some much-needed dynamics, but even when it's just shooting the breeze, The Windmill Movie is captivating.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Although the format will be familiar to fans of Tarnation and Capturing the Friedmans, the result comes closer to Fellini's autobiographical 8 1/2.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A remarkable documentary attempt to reconcile Rogers's sense of personal, professional, and artistic malaise, which culminated in his decades-long attempt to make a film about his life.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Olch doesn't make it easy to identify with Rogers and his stylish existence, but that choice begins to pay off gradually as the fragments start to add up to something more.

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There hasn't been as good a film of this type in this country since Tarnation, which means Olch's movie is a treat and a surprise no one should pass on.

June 25, 2009
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From the wall-to-wall piano score to Rogers' tedious navel-gazing, The Windmill Movie renders prosaic and pretentious the churning conflict behind the process of artistic creation.

June 18, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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In embracing Richard Rogers' style and adopting his tone, Alexander Olch creates a documentary that's as much a respectful, moving tribute to Rogers, as it is the projected realization of Rogers' intended cinematic autobiography.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

This movie should be unbearable; instead it's grotesquely fascinating. Rogers' striking early short Quarry precedes the main feature, demonstrating the man's considerable talent.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Unfortunately, a man died (from cancer) in the making of this explicitly introspective life tome; it was the only way he saw to complete his masterpiece.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The ongoing, deeply personal introspection that permeates the picture gives it the haunting feel of a sťance.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

One gets swept up in the first soapy, then tragic melodrama of the life matter that overwhelmed Rogers' desire/compulsion/ability to make art.

June 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Maybe Edwards has some crazy intent to try and offer his reel to God himself and get a pass. Whatever the case, he leaves one heck of a masterpiece for us mortals.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There's something worth valuing in a documentary that would be a worthy companion piece to both Grey Gardens and Synecdoche, New York.

June 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

a heady combination of Synecdoche, New York, Annie Hall, Peeping Tom, and It's All True but all the more compelling because The Windmill Movie is all true.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A stirring autobiography-by-proxy.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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