|Title:||Tell Them Who You Are|
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|08.17.05||Alamo Downtown|| The son of legendary director of photographer/documentarian Haskell Wexler makes a documentary about his dad. It's actually really good because Haskell's such a colorful character and son Mark gets a huge list of people to talk with him. The interviews aren't really the best part though. The movie itself is made very well, hopping from funny to poignant and including many scenes you don't often see in documentaries. One scene that comes to mind is in a hotel room where Haskell has asked Mark to come in with his camera so he can tell him something. The scene then becomes an argument about where Haskell should be sitting and how Mark should shoot it and we never hear what the thing that Haskell wanted to say even was. It also answers the question that yes, famous DPs do think about angles, lighting, and camerawork every second of their day. Surrounded in a huge anti-war demonstration, Haskell's first words: "You need a high angle!"|
This documentary is right up my alley because it's about the movies and the people that make them, but I think it's made well enough with enough non-business content to make it enjoyable for non-film buffs as well.