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If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans (2009)

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An artistic prodigy to end all, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans rose to fame in the 1990s, when the then-twentysomething began capturing iconic images of nightclub activity and culture time and again. His celebrity increased substantially via inclusion in such high-end publications as Spex, Interview, and ID, and via the publication of several acclaimed photographic collections by his early thirties. With the documentary If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans, filmmaker Heiko Kalmbach follows Tillmans over the course of four years. The film provides a candid and revealing biographical portrait of the London-based artist at work, with his visual eye as acute as ever and his creative processes in full blossom.

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Critic Reviews for If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

It's like choking down 72 minutes of a stranger's unedited home videos, only without the occasional cute kiddie or pet to lighten the tedium.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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The risk of such hands-off filmmaking is that the narrative itself can become mired in the mundane; there's little that happens here to shed light on the way this renowned shutterbug works or thinks.

September 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It does little to convince the unconverted of Tillmans's [genius].

September 15, 2009 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Heiko Kalmbachâ(TM)s video portrait of the German-born, London-based photographer frustrates because of the way it hovers between the esoteric and the quotidian.

September 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Boxoffice Magazine

A dull, meandering, lazy and poorly-edited documentary that fails to be captivating and insightful. [U]ltimately a missed opportunity.

September 22, 2009 | Rating: 3.25/10 | Full Review…
NYC Movie Guru

Tillmans outlines a fascinating, if partial, philosophy of his work.

September 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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