The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017)

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Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the "surfaces" of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

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Even at only 76 minutes, The B-Side feels a tad overextended-but it's a pleasure to see a warm, creative, and not even remotely evasive individual in front of [Morris'] signature Interrotron camera for a change.

June 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This film will convince you that she definitely deserves a higher position in the pantheon.

June 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The depth of her art reflects a life richly lived, as does the wisdom of her epigrammatic musings.

June 26, 2017 | Full Review…

If this doc is sometimes elegiac in tone, there is nothing mournful about it.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Her stories are great, especially the one about Dorfman gate-crashing Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. It would have been nice to hear more of them.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Discount it at your peril: This portrait of the artist as an old woman is a gentle-hearted gem, as profoundly subtle as it is subtly profound.

September 13, 2016 | Full Review…

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