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Lapine's direction is almost the star of Six by Sondheim. Not only has he used the six songs to illuminate the composer's life, he organizes years and years of interviews as if they are an ongoing conversation - which, in many ways, they are.
Six by Sondheim's awareness of its own design is unobtrusively embedded beneath every moment of the film, like a refrain buried so deep in a musical's score that the ear doesn't register it until the final curtain.
Six is tour of his past, with special emphasis on a half-dozen tunes.
Despite the music in James Lapine's documentary, Six By Sondheim, it is archival clips of Mr. Sondheim describing how he writes that make the film a treasure.
It's always challenging to capture the essence of such artistry on film, and Lapine comes pretty close.
Riveting, important and lots of fun.
This program is Lapine's heartfelt gift to his great musical theatre collaborator.
Six by Sondheim is an intriguing, human portrait of a man and his music, and if you care about creativity, you probably should seek it out.
All told, it is a mess - but it is a tuneful and happy mess centered around a charismatic musical genius, and the film will certainly delight Broadway devotees.
A rich portrait of this great treasure of the American musical.
In HBO's fascinating documentary portrait Six by Sondheim, longtime collaborator James Lapine assembles an intricate and revealing mosaic of vintage and recent interviews with the always quotable Sondheim.
Countless backstage stories, culled mostly from interviews and archival footage, are assembled in Six by Sondheim into the story of a life - and a life's work.
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