Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Gregory Crewdson's riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro's fascinating profile of the acclaimed artist includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A vigorous and knowledgeable documentary about a still photographer."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Shapiro's film is fascinating even if it can't possibly answer all the mysteries propelling the work of a photographer whose interest in secrets was rooted in wondering what tales were being uncovered in his psychologist father's basement office."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Crewdson lays his process bare, allowing for unprecedented insight into why a visionary of his caliber shares what he sees with the rest of the world."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Fascinating snapshot of the artist."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Reverent if none-too-probing portrait of a master of the micro-managed tableau."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
""Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans."
‑ Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe
"An example of narrowcasting through and through, this documentary offering achieves a certain hold for those inclined toward psycho-social rumination."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Explores the life, art and working methods of Brooklyn-born photographer Gregory Crewdson, now know for painstakingly and expensively staged tableaux of homes and neighborhoods that require, in essence, a film crew to create..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Ben Shapiro's goal isn't so much a comprehensive biopic as an in-the-moment snapshot of creative fervent."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
""Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Gregory Crewdson drives through the towns in Western Massachusetts that serve as settings for so many photos in Beneath the Roses, towns where the streets are empty and the buildings are low."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Ben Shapiro shot this documentary over 10 years and not only achieves a portrait of the artist but also captures the artistic process itself, following Crewdson from initial inspiration to finished product."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"An engaging portrait of a fascinating artist, it is difficult if not impossible to look away from once it gets going -- much like Crewdson's astonishing photographs."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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