William Eggleston in the Real World
William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)

In 1976, William Eggleston's hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art's first one-man exhibition of color photographs. It is rare for an artist of such stature to allow himself to be shown as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

An uncannily revealing portrait of a major American artist at work, all the more remarkable for the deceptive casualness with which it unfolds, as if Almereyda had just shown up.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Eggleston's rigor might be mistaken for languor, but Almereyda has just the temperament to get it right.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

There is a sense of impromptu genius, of exactitude colliding with suddenness as the seemingly banal is rendered, for a moment, vividly permanent. Eggleston's photos force the viewer to behold the beauty of the commonplace.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

William Eggleston in the Real World offers an admiring and affectionate, if also unillusioned, view of its subject at work, play, and not much of anything (a suitably Egglestonian activity).

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Ronnie Scheib

Ultimately, biodoc is less about Eggleston living in the 'real world' than about Almereyda filming there.

Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Watching "William Eggleston in the Real World" is frustrating but intriguing.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The result isn't particularly mesmerizing, but it does offer a well-rounded portrait that will be of particular interest to photography lovers.

Jan Stuart

Consistently more intriguing than Almereyda's recent documentary of a Sam Shepard play rehearsal (This So-Called Disaster), in part due to the subject's taciturn nature and his disinterest in the hows and the wherefores of his craft.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Eggleston is obviously wired a little different than most of us, like all real artists, he sees things most of us don't...