A Fuller Life (2014)



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Filmmaker Samantha Fuller pays tribute to her late father, American film and literary icon Sam Fuller, with this film featuring excerpts from his memoirs read by fans, friends, and followers. Participants include Joe Dante, James Franco, William Friedkin, Wim Wenders, James Toback, Monte Hellman, and Fuller's former muse Constance Towers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for A Fuller Life

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Writer, director, reporter, soldier, lover, father and lifelong outsider: the title of this warm doc about the legendary Samuel Fuller pretty much sums it up.

Full Review… | May 10, 2015
Time Out
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A loving and illuminating documentary about an American original, Samuel Fuller.

Full Review… | February 26, 2015
Seattle Times
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This affectionate documentary by his daughter, Samantha, distinguishes itself from most such endeavors by minimizing the usual clip-illustrated filmography to focus largely on his formative experiences.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015
Chicago Reader
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A loving tribute for those well versed in the Fuller canon, the doc may prove less revelatory than entertaining for neophytes.

Full Review… | August 17, 2014
Top Critic

It's a proud film but average.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
New York Times
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If you are already a fan of Samuel Fuller's uncompromising pulp cinema, you'll be delighted by this new documentary tour covering the life and career of the director,writer, and producer.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015
Seattle Weekly

Audience Reviews for A Fuller Life

Only Samantha Fuller could've made this film. I went through such a range of emotions watching it, and I could feel the love pouring out of this. Perfecto. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Sam's work in the first place, and I LOVED the Joe Dante segment with that still animation, and Bill Duke was brilliant. The B&W stuff with BIG RED ONE cast was amazing. I loved that transition from Constance Tower's face from the opening of NAKED KISS to Constance reading today. This makes me want to re-re-read A THIRD FACE. I think one things that seems to escape many here is just how much of a documentarian Sam was with that footage of WW2 -- it's incredible when you realize what his reality was in that moment and how he had the insights to document that -- as if he knew in that exact minute that it was going to define everything for, not just him, but the world and that generation. I also really loved that moment in the finale with Constance Towers talking about how she could feel Sam in the emotions of the characters she played with him in his films. I loved how the film chose to create that direct connect between the audience and the storyteller by having them talk directly too us and not at us. Oh, and a great score too! This is one of my favorite films this year, and one of the best.

Justin Bozung
Justin Bozung

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