Jandek on Corwood (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Jandek on Corwood
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Ostensibly a documentary about a reclusive enigmatic outsider recording artist, Jandek on Corwood is actually a revealing portrait of outsider music nerds.
Fascinatingly, [Director Chad Freidrichs'] film becomes less about biography than the passion of cultish obsession.
The eerie documentary Jandek on Corwood lays out all the evidence that this musician is a genius, at least in keeping his fame fresh through a minimum of publicity.
Chad Friedrichs's doc has too many rock-crit talking heads, too often saying the same thing based on scant information -- a clumsy portrait of the artist that inadvertently serves as a mirror of the critical faculty itself.
Director Chad Friedrichs works around Jandek's never having revealed his identity by interpolating shots of the PO box and rocks on the beach with the talking heads of fans, critics, and journalists, and lots of Jandek's wistful, haunting music.
Audience Reviews for Jandek on Corwood
An interesting tale of a prolific "artist" who makes terrible music with intriguing album covers and tells so little about himself that he makes the rock critics all desire to see more. Would have been more interesting if it included footage of Jandek who I believe has made a number of public appearances post film.
Somewhere, I read a review which said this film was a better portrait of record-collector geeks than of Jandek himself. I tend to agree. More testimonies from musicians, and less from college DJs and retail clerks, might have helped.
Jandek fans are obsessive about Jandek. Morrissey fans are obsessive about Morrissey. FUCK, I'M BOTH.
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