War Photographer
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Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer follows acclaimed photojournalist James Nachtwey as he finds stories in some of the most desolate locations on the planet. The distinctive look of the film is achieved because Frei mounted a small camera on Nachtwey's camera. As the audience sees the world Nachtwey sees through his camera, a series of talking heads explain his bravery, greatness, and persistence. Slowly, the film reveals the emotional toll his work has taken on him. War Photographer was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This film is an act of spiritual faith -- an eloquent, deeply felt meditation on the nature of compassion."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Nachtwey clears the cynicism right out of you. He makes you realize that deep inside righteousness can be found a tough beauty."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Photographs tell stories, and in this case, they tell more than shots of guys looking for photos."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A worthy tribute to a man and his colleagues who risk their lives to bring us the true story of the world."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's almost too much to watch, and, frankly, I dare anyone to sit through this movie without having to leave the theatre."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It's as close as we'll ever come to looking through a photographer's viewfinder as he works."
‑ William Snyder, Dallas Morning News
"Frei provides a keenly observed, amply illustrated portrait of the man and his not exactly comfy chosen profession."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"[There are] moments of breathtaking visual splendor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Intriguing Oscar-nominated documentary."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"If you ever wondered what it would be like to be smack in the middle of a war zone armed with nothing but a camera, this Oscar-nominated documentary takes you there."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Watching War Photographer, you come to believe that Nachtwey hates the wars he shows and empathizes with the victims he reveals."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"What [Frei] gives us ... is a man who uses the damage of war -- far more often than the warfare itself -- to create the kind of art shots that fill gallery shows."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"War Photographer is a powerful documentary about a gifted and idealistic peace maker in a world torn by conflict, pain and suffering."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Both the film and Nachtwey's photos hammer home the grim reality of the world's gutters and battlefields, and will make you question what 'news' really is."
‑ Tor Thorsen, Reel.com
"A film at once depressing and uplifting--depressing in terms of the sad, often horrifying subjects of Nachtwey's photographs but uplifting in terms of his commitment and integrity."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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