D A Pennebaker has left us, my condolences to his family and friends. Click on an image to start slide show.
D A Pennebaker was a pioneer of cinema vérité, along with Richard Leacock and producer Robert Drew, notably shooting and editing PRIMARY, the landmark documentary about the 1960 presidential campaign.
For me, Pennebaker’s masterpiece is DONT LOOK BACK, a documentary of Bob Dylan’s tour of England in 1965, a brilliant portrait of the young poet shot in pure cinema vérité style handheld and without voice-over explanations.
Pennebaker went on to direct MONTEREY POP, with memorable performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.
Pennebaker made his later films with his wife Chris Hegedus, including THE WAR ROOM, a view of the Clinton presidential run through the eyes of his campaign managers.
D A Pennebaker was a wonderful handheld cameraman with a distinctive zoom style, and a brilliant, incisive editor.
Pennebaker’s credits include:
“Daybreak Express” (1958)
Primary (1960) — camera and editor
Don’t Look Back (1967)
Monterey Pop (1968)
Company: Original Cast Album (1970)
Town Bloody Hall (1979)
The War Room (1993)
Kings of Pastry (2010)