230 Great Directors: D.A. Pennebaker

“You know, the people who do things aren’t always entitled to name them. The people who use the films usually name them. It became a documentary because no one knew what else to call it. For me, I think of them as home movies, because they’re made by one person and not made with the expectancy of a large return. They’re made the way music is written, or books. It’s just one person’s take on what’s going on around them.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Dont Look Back.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Dont Look Back.

Where Does He Fit: I am not really familiar with Bob Dylan, but Dont Look Back is a lot of fun just because it’s a study of a precocious smartass in a very powerful position that would go on to influence millions, and that is the sort of thing that is valuable to have as an archive. I sort of just let the experience of the pretty photography and the constant chattering wash over me so I could fully appreciate the oddball nature of it all. No classic in my eyes, but maybe I’ll check out more of the man’s discography and have a change of heart. He certainly had a great, mean, spoiled wit.


Most Valuable Asset: Bob Dylan, maybe?
Most Excited For: The War Room.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Eh. I liked the film, but no.

Coming Up Next: Jonathan Demme, crazy humanist.


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