Zeitgeist Films | Release Date: November 2, 2012
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lancekozMar 18, 2014
Looking at the other user reviews for this film, I can see both sides. If you are not interested in the guy's photography, it will be an ordeal. I too get the impression that the photos' content is obsessively dedicated to overly enigmaticLooking at the other user reviews for this film, I can see both sides. If you are not interested in the guy's photography, it will be an ordeal. I too get the impression that the photos' content is obsessively dedicated to overly enigmatic and possibly prurient imagery. But if you accept that as part of the art shown, this is a fascinating documentation to a a successful artist's craft and astounding dedication to his work. And even if the images don't appeal to you, are derivative or upsetting, there's a lot of mastery of color and lighting on display, which is admirable in any case. To watch these qualities created for the elaborate photo sets this man orchestrates is entertaining and instructive. Expand
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neiloxAug 17, 2013
A beautiful documentary that takes the viewer through the thought process of a brilliant mind. Gregory Crewdson is an exceptional artist and this documentary tells the story of each of his works which in turn have their own stories to tell. AA beautiful documentary that takes the viewer through the thought process of a brilliant mind. Gregory Crewdson is an exceptional artist and this documentary tells the story of each of his works which in turn have their own stories to tell. A must watch! Expand
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theredpanda333Jul 17, 2013
87!?! I guess you can't expect film critics to be good photography critics. This film should be renamed close encounters of the worst kind. The artist tips his hat to Edward Hopper and David Lynch yes yes, but noticeably Jeff Wall goes87!?! I guess you can't expect film critics to be good photography critics. This film should be renamed close encounters of the worst kind. The artist tips his hat to Edward Hopper and David Lynch yes yes, but noticeably Jeff Wall goes unmentioned, maybe because acknowledging this would be admitting that his techniques are as derivative as his content.

After you look beyond the tired and the cheesy surrealist gambits all you will find here is a super-sized serving of poverty porn, processing and straight jacket-ing its underclass subjects into a romanticize catatonic state. The overlong film does succeed in proving that brief encounters are the best kind when it comes to these photos.
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