Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

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Completed in 2004, Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank was the first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker. Originally deemed too personal to be shown widely, the film has just been authorized by Frank for theatrical release. Shot in cinema-verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank now lives, the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced "The Americans," probably the most influential photographic book of the last sixty years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of the New York he once knew. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film Pull my Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous Cocksucker Blues with The Rolling Stones. Affectionate conversations with Frank's second wife, the vibrant artist June Leaf, reveal decades of closeness, creative exchange and support through the intense tragedies of Frank's life. In rare moments of vulnerability, Frank speaks movingly about these tragedies and his attempts to cope through his deeply personal photography and films. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century.

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  • ...director Fox let his subject lead too much of the way, and the film's resulting stream-of-consciousness shapelessness could easily confuse any viewer who knew little or nothing about Frank and his works going in.

    July 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As filmic visits with cherished masters go, Fox's has been well worth the wait.

    June 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • More than anything, the doc lives up to its name as a portrait of the photographer in his old age.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you've seen "Don't Blink," you may ask whether you "need" to see this. I'd say yes. "More light," as Goethe put it.

    May 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In 2004, Fox interviewed Frank while they visited the past and present, through locales and then 80-year-old's extensive personal archives...Brings his art to new eyes.

    January 2, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • I can see why Frank was uncomfortable with people seeing Leaving Home, Coming Home, but it's also valuable bit of insight and a well made documentary.

    August 1, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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