Jim Eaton-Terry looks at Dying Laughing, a new documentary on the life of the stand-up comic
There’s always something odd about an extended conversation with a really great stand up. Inevitably there’s the tension of waiting for a gag that never comes, which often distracts from the conversation. Comics are clearly aware of this, and the weaker ones will defuse the tension with a crowd-pleasing riff or two, but the best conversations strip away the humour and show how the world looks from the stage.
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An elderly man plays with the remains of a fence, then walks across a scrubby heath.
“There were no trees here,” he says, looking at a path weaving through the bushes. “Nothing.” He regards the nothing for a moment, then tells of the last time he saw his family at the Kraków-Plaszów forced labour camp, in 1942. The camp featured in Schindler’s List.
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I often make decisions based on intuition, a sense that something is there.
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Sarah Slade enjoys the silence.
In the director’s statement for In Pursuit of Silence, Paul Shen says that rather than encapsulate “the ineffable qualities of silence” he set out to mimic “our experience of the world when we are still”. Continue reading A Little Peace
D A Pennebaker’s classic access-all-areas take on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England is restored and repackaged in this Criterion release. John Wilby looks back at Dont Look Back
Continue reading Dont Look Back revisited
Sarah Slade revisits David Bowie Is, the documentary made about the 2013 V&A exhibition, which is showing in cinemas across the UK tonight.
Continue reading Church of the Fertile Mind
Paul Duane on Howard Brookner’s 1983 portrait of William Burroughs, released today in a new blu-ray restoration from Criterion.
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Folk tradition is challenged by a young pretender as Sheila Stewart and Aidan Moffat go head-to-head in Paul Fegan’s new documentary. Peter Morgan goes along for the ride.
Continue reading Where You’re Meant To Be
In anticipation of Frank Sinatra’s centenary, Niall Anderson watches Alex Gibney’s four-hour documentary on the singer’s life and work
Continue reading Swing While You’re Whingeing
Cecilia Zoppelletto writes about the genesis of her documentary feature La Belle At The Movies, which has its world premiere this weekend as part of Film Africa 2015.
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