Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Sam Wagstaff came home to New York City and pursued a career in advertising, and through his work in the ad game he developed a keen interest in photography. Reflecting his own personal… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Vital documentation of an unsung 70's art patron and his famous photographer lover. A vivid and tragic story.

David Jenkins
Time Out

Crump's film colourfully depicts Wagstaff's complex inner mindset and rarefied eye for imagery by allowing the stunning prints to linger on the screen.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Wagstaff was a fascinating figure and deserves the detailed tribute provided here.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Crump's film is a vitally important document in this respect, bringing out Wagstaff's personality and vividly capturing the stories of the people who knew him.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

The movie makes its main point. Wagstaff was an important, complex, fascinating figure, well worth remembering.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A potent exercise in art-world mythography.

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James Christopher
Times [UK]

This is a terrific documentary by James Crump about the unsung collector, Wagstaff, and his lopsided relationship with his hungry young lover, Mapplethorpe.

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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

Wagstaff's character accounts for some of the frustration the film induces. Crumb's documentary style accounts for the rest.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Black White & Gray raises provocative questions but can't answer them, or even frame them with total clarity.

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Sam Jordison
Film4

A well made portrait of an intriguing man, presented with a tragic but resounding weight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In cataloguing the relationship between art collector Sam Wagstaff and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, the documentary "Black White and Gray" does a… More