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Wesley Willis (2003)

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Documentary about the late Chicago artist and musician Wesley Willis. Filmmaker Daniel Bitton follows Willis throughout the Chicago area, riding the bus, talking to friends and strangers ... See full summary »


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Documentary about the late Chicago artist and musician Wesley Willis. Filmmaker Daniel Bitton follows Willis throughout the Chicago area, riding the bus, talking to friends and strangers alike, selling his CDs to record shops and going about his day. Willis was memorable to many for being schizophrenic as well as 6'6" and over 300 pounds, but was loved by his fans and friends for his quirky, oddball music, artistic talent and for being a real gentle giant. He was a testament to the human drive to survive and create, as he himself was a survivor of extreme poverty, mental illness, child abuse, racism, and obesity. The fact that he lived to see 40 was incredible, but his having a successful music career and being able to function was even more so. Also included on the DVD is a complete Los Angeles concert with Willis' punk band "Wesley Willis Fiasco". Written by Matlock-6

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22 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll  »

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Great man, not a great film
28 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan. I find Wesley Willis to be entertaining. I greatly looked forward to this documentary on him but unfortunately I found it quite unwatchable. First of all, if you are unfamiliar with Welsey Willis you don't get a lot of explanation early on about who he is and why he is famous. I suppose this film was geared more towards people who are already fans of his. One problem with the film is that there is no clear, understandable narration to explain things. Instead we hear Welsey's voice a lot, often times not very easy to understand, often times not saying very much worth listening to. Also, the film quality is not very good. It reminded me of the show jackass, kind of looks like there were hidden cameras to follow Wesley around which is not very desirable to watch. You get to see things like Welsey going to a Kinkos to print stuff out which isn't quite as interesting as it might sound. There is a scene where a woman who lived with Wesley offers her stories about him. Unfortunately Wesley is sitting next to her in the interview to interrupt and it's kind of distracting. I remember Wesley was on an episode of Howard Stern's radio show and it was great because Howard and the group provided clear insight about Welsey that I think got lost in this confused film.

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