Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 15: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Date: July 15
Film: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye [france, 2003]
Where: Tulsa/at home/DVD
Who with: Sarah J.
Rating: Joshua ***; SJ **
Cartier-Bresson as a photographer: *****!

Shortish documentary on the legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson that largely consists of the simple premise of Cartier-Bresson and admirers looking at his black and white photographs while discussing them. That's it. You don't learn anything about his life at all or even his preferred camera to use--it's strictly a conversation about his life's work via image form. That's okay as the man is one of the great photographers of all-time, so I have approximately a million things I could learn from him. I'm okay with listening to him talk about the craft of photography, but it doesn't make for the most riveting of documentary.

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