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Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens 

This film traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual ... See full synopsis »

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Barbara Leibovitz
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Himself
Graydon Carter ... Himself
Hillary Clinton ... Herself (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
George Clooney ... Himself
Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself
Kirsten Dunst ... Herself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Mick Jagger ... Himself
Keira Knightley ... Herself
Annie Leibovitz ... Herself
Bette Midler ... Herself
Demi Moore ... Herself
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Herself
Keith Richards ... Himself
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This film traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual memories of Sontag. The film traces the arc of her photographic life, her aspirations to artistry, and the trajectory of her career through phases that included the tumultuous sixties in Berkeley, CA., touring with the Rolling Stones, a mentorship by Hunter S. Thompson, and, later, capturing the last candid moments of John Lennon's life with Yoko Ono. It closes with her reflections on life, children, and the the wake of her relationship with Sontag. The archival material presented here is invaluable for framing an understanding of this immeasurably influential visual artist.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Pleasant.
30 May 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My summary above is very serious. When I look at the art of Annie Leibovitz, it looks pleasant but has no great affect on me. Because of that, I am probably NOT the best person to review this film--especially since I tend to have a very high level of disdain for celebrity--and Ms. Leibovitz is famous for her celebrity photos. Therefore, for me, it was not a particularly memorable episode. However, this does not mean it's poorly made or not worth seeing. I know that I am not a typical person and many love her "Vanity Fair" and "Rolling Stone" work. So let's talk about the quality of the documentary itself. Like all the "American Masters" shows, it's very high quality--well constructed and very professionally made. While I didn't care too much about watching her photograph famous folks, I did appreciate that the film was not just some fluff piece. It talked about her relationship with Susan Sontag (though it downplayed the homosexual aspect) and was very touching when she talked about her dying lover--showing a very vulnerable side of the lady. It also showed her with family--again, for me, the best parts of the show. Overall, well done--just not my favorite subject. Worth seeing.


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