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Salesman Documentary Paul Brennan

Get to Know the Real Life Salesmen Who Inspired “Globesman”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to “Salesman”.

Oliver Stone Heads “South of the Border” (photo)

Oliver Stone Heads “South of the Border”

Before American audiences can get their greedy eyes on Oliver Stone’s long-anticipated sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” this fall, the three-time Oscar winner will release an even more politically minded film, if you don’t mind Hugo Chávez standing in for Shia LaBeouf. As genial as it is revealing, “South of the Border” sees Stone […]

Telling Tales of Nonfiction Filmmaking (photo)

Telling Tales of Nonfiction Filmmaking

Documentarians carve stories out of the ebb and flow of real life, making the struggles of a Canadian metal band into a rousing tale of standing by your dreams, or finding echoes of “A Chorus Line” in the backstage process of putting together a Broadway revival of the show. So it’s no surprise that the […]

Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009. (photo)

Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009.

Jeanne-Claude — Christo’s collaborator and partner — died today in Manhattan at the age of 74. It was fitting, in a way, not only because the artist pair have been residents of the city since 1964, but because their last big completed project was “The Gates,” which turned Central Park’s walkways into a series of […]

The 25 Scariest Moments in Non-Horror Movies (photo)

The 25 Scariest Moments in Non-Horror Movies

When you sit down to a horror film, you know, at least on a basic level, what you’re getting into. Whether or not the movie delivers, what you’ve been promised, and what you’re braced for or looking forward to, are scares. Which is why, when we look back on those truly traumatic movie memories, the […]

Looking Back at “Dont Look Back” (photo)

Looking Back at “Dont Look Back”

Watch the world premiere of the latest Bob Dylan music video, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” exclusively at As if capturing a momentous period in Bob Dylan’s career and crafting one of the best and earliest examples of a major cinematic movement — cinema vérité — with “Dont Look Back” weren’t monumental achievements enough, D.A. […]

The Cinema Eye Honors Salute Documentaries (Especially Waltz with Bashir) (photo)

The Cinema Eye Honors Salute Documentaries (Especially Waltz with Bashir)

Lou Reed was in the audience of last night’s Cinema Eye Honors, accompanying wife Laurie Anderson, who introduced the award for music competition. Morgan Spurlock, Albert Maysles, Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker also took the stage as presenters. If reconciling an award ceremony’s needs for glitz and celebrity with the unfussy world of documentary film […]

Still Rolling: 40 Years of the Rolling Stones on Film – “Gimme Shelter”

By Matt Singer In honor of their 40 years on movie screens, from 1968’s “Sympathy for the Devil” to last week’s release of “Shine a Light,” we’re taking a look at The Rolling Stones’ filmography, featuring enough collaborations with great directors to make any actor jealous and enough abandoned or aborted projects to give any […]

SXSW 2008: “Wild Blue Yonder”

Cinéma-vérité and the first-person documentary go to war in “Wild Blue Yonder,” and vérité wins — this engrossing car wreck is an unintentional argument as to how difficult it is to successfully include yourself in your own nonfiction film. “Wild Blue Yonder” is about “a daughter’s search for her father,” as the filmmaker, Celia Maysles, […]