A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
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A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
In 1963, Danny Williams dropped out of Harvard (over the strong objections of his family) and set out to make a career for himself in filmmaking. After editing several documentaries for Albert Maysles and David Maysles (including the award-winning Salesman), Williams met Andy Warhol, and soon became a member of the inner circle at Warhol's "Factory." Williams soon became both an advisor and a lover to the artist, and for a while lived with Warhol. When Warhol gave Williams a 16 mm movie camera, he began making films that displayed his sure and striking visual sense and sharp… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An eerily moving tone poem as hard to pin down as its subject."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"This is one for the Warhol archives, not theaters."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"... if you can overlook [Robinson's] self-indulgent style, A Walk Into the Sea offers fascinating glimpses of the Warhol scene in the early 1960's."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Two other documentaries are released this week at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. A Walk into the Sea, by Esther Robinson, is the better of the two."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Much more carefully shot and lit than most of the Factory output, [Williams's films] do suggest a talent and intelligence that might have led somewhere interesting."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"First-time director Esther Robinson proves that a dash of subjectivity in documentary isn't always a bad thing, showing a remarkable clarity of vision and thirst for knowledge in her superb 'A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory'."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"We'll probably never know what became of Williams, but his short life and mysterious disappearance make for diverting viewing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Robinson is his niece and, though she affects a needlessly shaky, blurry style at times, she does her uncle's creative work justice."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Not what it wishes to be - it's actually a cautionary tale on the abuse of amphetamines."
‑ Holly Grigg-Spall, Film4
"What's shown is undeniably elegant, which unfortunately only points up Robinson's technical ineptitude."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Combining contemporary interviews with Factory survivors and an astounding treasure trove of archival footage shot by Williams himself, the film is an enigmatic, atmospheric portrait of a guy apparently too nice for the notorious Warhol crowd."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A Walk Into the Sea is Esther B. Robinson's documentary about Danny Williams, a former Harvard student who was a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Unsuprisingly, Robinson never really gets anywhere either, but her film at least gives a convincing flavour of the time."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"A Walk into the Sea traps us in an odd and compelling purgatory, one that's unable to answer the central question of what happened to Williams, yet still resolves with its own sense of satisfaction."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"In her search for her uncle, [director Esther] Robinson discovered something quite unexpected: A startlingly talented filmmaker."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide