Don't Blink - Robert Frank Reviews

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May 2, 2019
Don't Blink is the rare documentary that understands that the best way to elicit both appreciation and understanding for an artist's creations is to allow us to see these creations first-hand.
March 15, 2019
If you're looking for insight into this fiercely uncompromising artist, maybe train your unblinking eyes on his art instead.
February 8, 2019
Israel possesses a formal acuity that's refreshing for a documentary filmmaker
August 25, 2018
Directed by ... Laura Israel, her background as an editor comes to the fore in the precision with which she combines Frank's photographs, film footage and her own documentary material, providing insight ... in a manner both eloquent and erudite.
August 24, 2018
Placed in the present and looking back into the past, it is a thoroughly fascinating watch to anyone interested in 20th century American art, literature and photography from this perspective.
February 6, 2017
An intriguing, messy and off-putting portrait of the influential American photographer and experimental filmmaker Robert Frank.
January 27, 2017
Archival interviews are marked by combative frustration, but Frank's family life is clearly delineated by his work, and Don't Blink is a study of the dedication, and sometimes selfishness, that's required to pursue an artistic vision.
January 15, 2017
This documentary film about the life and work of artist Robert Frank is done in the style of a Robert Frank film, a rambling collage of interviews, stories, images and numerous clips of his films.
December 2, 2016
A turbulent film that doesn't always hit its mark but is consistently interesting in the attempt.
November 13, 2016
With its punchy soundtrack, snappy editing and confrontational attitude, this documentary about the seminal photographer Robert Frank brilliantly captures the essence of the man.
October 12, 2016
Fine, impressionistic portrait of a lion in winter, one of the greatest living photographer-filmmakers still at work, still undaunted at 91 by his choice-or lack of choice?-to face life head-on and portray... unstintingly stark, rough-hewn beauty.
October 7, 2016
It offers a tender testament to the risks and rewards of the creative existence.
September 30, 2016
"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.
September 29, 2016
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.
September 14, 2016
...consistently interesting...
August 26, 2016
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.
August 25, 2016
The trove of archival material glimpsed in Don't Blink is thrilling, and the soundtrack teems with smartly chosen songs by Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Charles Mingus, and, of course, the Rolling Stones.
August 3, 2016
Israel's frenetic use of his photos many not capture the deep essence of any individual image, but it does approach the experience of the photographer and the irreverent speed of his art.
July 28, 2016
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.
July 18, 2016
Frank is delightful company, as emotionally transparent and offhandedly insightful in person as he is as his art.
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