Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 31, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

A vigorous and knowledgeable documentary about a still photographer.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Jamie S. Rich

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.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight.

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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe

"Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans.

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Brent Simon

An example of narrowcasting through and through, this documentary offering achieves a certain hold for those inclined toward psycho-social rumination.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.

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Cynthia Fuchs

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.

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