Sunday, July 24, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 22: Your Favorite Documentary Film

A Favorite Documentary Film (One That You Actually Don’t Mind Watching Again):  The Films of Jean Painleve
I watch a fair amount of docs, but that world of filmmaking is not exactly my focus, if you know what I mean.  So, a favorite documentary has to be one I don’t mind watching again (that isn’t the rain forest portion of Planet Earth or youtube videos on the fascinating display created by mating slugs...click on it, it's amazing.  You'll thank me).  While my first impulse was to put down Dig!, what I really like to see in a documentary is a curious, museum-like quality.  The films of Jean Painleve are exactly that.  Painleve’s shorts (collected beautifully in the Criterion Collection's Science is Fiction set) are hypnotic perhaps because they’re so simple that they become art as well as artifact.
  

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