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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

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Gregory Crewdson's riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro's fascinating profile of the acclaimed artist includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus's work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks, and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons, comment on the motivation behind their friend's haunting images. -- (C) Zeitgeist

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A vigorous and knowledgeable documentary about a still photographer.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
The New Republic
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Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight.

March 7, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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"Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans.

February 1, 2013 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Shapiro's film is fascinating even if it can't possibly answer all the mysteries propelling the work of a photographer whose interest in secrets was rooted in wondering what tales were being uncovered in his psychologist father's basement office.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
Denver Post
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"Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans.

November 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.

November 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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