A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A portrait piece of Danny Williams, set amongst New Yorks Factory, home of Andy Warhol, provides insight and flavour of the time and the setting, with an unresolved mystery at its heart.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An eerily moving tone poem as hard to pin down as its subject.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

This is one for the Warhol archives, not theaters.

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Sarah Boslaugh

... 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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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'.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

We'll probably never know what became of Williams, but his short life and mysterious disappearance make for diverting viewing.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Robinson is his niece and, though she affects a needlessly shaky, blurry style at times, she does her uncle's creative work justice.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York 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.

Andrew Pulver

Unsuprisingly, Robinson never really gets anywhere either, but her film at least gives a convincing flavour of the time.

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