Aug 042019
D A Pennebaker 1925-2019

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 [...]

May 062015
document: Berlin July 1945

— An amazing historical video document in HD color: Berlin filmed at the end of the war, 70 years ago, that ends with an astounding fly over. +++

Jul 222014
Ukrainian Plane Crash Reportage (Graphic)

— This 6-minute video reportage of the Ukrainian plane crash by VICE is simple, effective and graphic (some brief images of dead people). It shows the horrible reality of the wreckage but the reporter does not accuse anyone, and does not disrespect the victims. An example of good journalism. +++ Watch on

Aug 282013
Martin Luther King: "I have a dream" August 28 1963

Below are 3 stills from James Blue’s documentary The March, documenting the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago by 200 000 peaceful protesters, which culminated in Martin Luther King Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech. The non-violent revolutionary envisioned that the next generation of Americans would be judged by “the content of their [...]

Aug 282013

Noted cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler shot a documentary (with Mike Butler and Nel Cox) of people traveling across the US in a bus to join the March on Washington in 1963. The 12-minute excerpt below shows a succession of brief interchanges by the protesters about non-violence, group decisions and other political talk. In Washington, [...]

Jul 022013
Documentary of Kubrick's THE SHINING

Vivian Kubrick’s extraordinary 35-minute documentary about the making of her father’s film, The Shining, has many wonderful moments: – her dad setting up a low-angle shot on Nicholson – or his correcting Duvall’s performance, – or the great Garrett Brown doing a Steadicam shot. A rare document by someone with almost total access to a [...]