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A life in pictures

9/10
Author: jotix100 from New York
11 March 2009

That American genius, Annie Leibovitz, is at the center of this excellent documentary that was shown on a local cable channel recently. As a photographer, from her beginning in Rolling Stone, she has given us a chance to see people as she captured them for posterity. Most of her subjects happen to be important figures from society, politics, and show business. One of the most vivid pictures she took involve John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the famous shot where the late Beatle is seen naked, embracing Ms. Ono.

The documentary goes to give us a glimpse at the artist as she works and lives. There are many notable people that are interviewed who give their own impression of this amazing photographer in candid ways as they perceived her.

Ms. Leivobitz has known tragedy in her own life, as she saw her long time friend Susan Sontag battle the illness that ultimately took her life. She was totally devastated by the experience, but what's more interesting is that she had her young daughters to help her through the pain of her loss.

Don't miss it!

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Fascinating insight into the work of Jeremy Weller's Grassmarket Project

10/10
Author: giles-stogdon from United Kingdom
9 November 2010

This well made documentary from 2008 follows Jeremy Weller, Jenle Hallund and the young, untrained actors of the Grassmarket Project as they devise and create a play, The Foolish Young Man.

This shocking drama explores the lives of young people on the fringes of society. Their own life stories are then woven into fiction. The Foolish Young Man is the story of a young businessman, played by David Harewood, who invites them into his home in an effort to save them from the streets.

For once we hear the authentic voices of those forgotten and abandoned by society, and see their transformation as the documentary unfolds. These young people are clearly the real thing, joining the company from Young Offenders Institutes, Pupil Referral Units, and drop-in centres across London. As a result, their chaotic lives crash into the narrative during the course of the filming.

This documentary is well worth watching and takes the audience on an honest and very moving journey.

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