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What Remains (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2005 (USA)
A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann.

Director:

Steven Cantor
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sally Mann Sally Mann ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Bailey Karen Bailey ... Herself - friend
Richard Jantz Richard Jantz ... Himself - forensic anthropologist (as Dr. Richard Jantz)
Emmett Mann Emmett Mann ... Himself
Jessie Mann Jessie Mann ... Herself
Larry Mann Larry Mann ... Himself
Virginia Mann Virginia Mann ... Herself
Hunter Mohring Hunter Mohring ... Herself - friend
Elizabeth Munger Elizabeth Munger ... Herself - Sally's mother
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A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann.

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Documentary

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afto pou apomenei See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Stick Figure Productions See more »
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Color:

Color
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Saw this at Sundance 2006
15 March 2006 | by gardenluvnnurseSee all my reviews

Steven Cantor took almost 10 years to make this documentary on Sally Mann, the photographer made famous by her "pornographic" coffee table book titled: Immediate Family. Of course, this description is in the eye of the beholder, as I found the montage of pictures used from this book in the documentary to be absolutely beautiful. Mr. Cantor did a previous documentary on the backlash which came about following the release of Immediate Family by the conservative Christian Right, and wanted to make another documentary which really focused on Sally Mann the Photographer, her family, and every day struggles. Thus, What Remains was born. Sally's husband is afflicted with a rare nerve disease, and in my opinion, her latest work from 2004 is an effort to deal with her husbands inevitable death. She has switched subject matter from her children to nature scenes, but has a macabre fascination with decaying corpses, whether it be one of her beloved greyhounds, or bodies donated to a forensic lab in her home county. She gains access to one of these labs, and takes pictures of bodies in various states of decay. What sounds completely bizarre, turns out to be a really beautiful exhibit, which is counter-displayed by pictures of her now-adult children's faces, up close and personal, and still incredibly beautiful. Kind of a life vs. death type of image bombardment. The film documents her struggles to get her exhibit a showing, her husbands declining health, and her own personal doubts regarding her talent. According to the producer: soon to be showing on HBO. Not to miss. A+.


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