Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006-2008) is an excellent, rewarding documentary written and directed by Barbara Leibovitz; it previously aired as part of the PBS American Masters series. This one bears repeat viewing, because behind the lustre of star power, there's a lot to absorb about the Leibovitz family milieu, Annie's intense relationship with Susan Sontag (1933-2004), and interesting tips about photography and music. Annie Leibovitz has not just found herself in the right place at the right time -- she deploys herself, positions and places herself, finds her way into the action with great initiative and skill. 

A lot to learn, indeed, but on the first run, I thoroughly enjoyed the footage involving Rolling Stone, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Hunter S. Thompson, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, Chris Rock, and even the cover of The Jim Carroll Band's Catholic Boy. Everything's connected -- I loved it, right down to the weaving in of "2000 Man," a lesser known gem penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards that was released by The Stones in 1967 -- and also used in Wes Anderson's sly film Bottle Rocket (1996).  

Today's Rune: Wholeness.  

1 comment:

jodi said...

Erik, saw the "Annie" show when she was at the DIA a few years back. Loved it. Happy 4th. Do it up with a bang-u know I will!!