Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)

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A thrilling documentary on the life and work of the groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker, Robert Frank; from his seminal book of photography, "The Americans," to his revolutionary films with The Beats (PULLY MY DAISY) and the Rolling Stones (COCKSUCKER BLUES). Directed by Laura Israel (Frank's long-time editor), DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK is Israel's like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. Featuring music by Lou Reed, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits and more.

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"Don't Blink" is a portrait of an artist, a portrait that draws upon Frank's own improvisational approach to filmmaking, but which also manages to capture a life's story, as well as its subject's essence.

Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The innovative photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank doesn't have much to say for himself in this 2015 documentary profile, but with a career as storied as his, he barely needs to say anything.

Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Don't Blink is a friendly film by a friend - honest and historically aware, but almost unfailingly affectionate and attuned to the "spontaneous intuition" that, 92 years after his birth, still seems the governing principle of Frank's life.

Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Frank insists "I'm not a verbal man. I have nothing to reveal. It's all in the work, I hope." Honoring that sentiment is what this very personal film is all about.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…

As the title seems to advertise, it's a frustrating blur of a movie; the rock 'n' roll soundtrack, however, is terrific.

Jul 14, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Ms. Israel executes a biographical sketch that is informative without seeming unduly invasive.

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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