William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)


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In 1976, William Eggleston's hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art's first one-man exhibition of color photographs. It is rare for an artist of such stature to allow himself to be shown as unguardedly as Eggleston does in Michael Almereyda's intimate portrait. The filmmaker tracks the photographer on trips to Kentucky, Los Angeles and New York, but gives particular attention to downtime in Memphis, Eggleston's home base. The film shows a deep connection between Eggleston's enigmatic personality and his groundbreaking work, and also reveals his parallel commitments as a musician, draftsman and videographer. A sphinx-like renegade, Eggleston at age 65 has become an icon and inspiration to artists worldwide.


Critic Reviews for William Eggleston in the Real World

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

An uncannily revealing portrait of a major American artist at work, all the more remarkable for the deceptive casualness with which it unfolds, as if Almereyda had just shown up.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

William Eggleston in the Real World offers an admiring and affectionate, if also unillusioned, view of its subject at work, play, and not much of anything (a suitably Egglestonian activity).

Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The result isn't particularly mesmerizing, but it does offer a well-rounded portrait that will be of particular interest to photography lovers.

Sep 22, 2005

Eggleston's rigor might be mistaken for languor, but Almereyda has just the temperament to get it right.

Sep 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Ultimately, biodoc is less about Eggleston living in the 'real world' than about Almereyda filming there.

Sep 1, 2005
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Consistently more intriguing than Almereyda's recent documentary of a Sam Shepard play rehearsal (This So-Called Disaster), in part due to the subject's taciturn nature and his disinterest in the hows and the wherefores of his craft.

Sep 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
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