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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NR
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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
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.

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2009
Slant Magazine

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