A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around ... See full summary »
Samuel Fuller is one of the best. He was largely an avant-garde
filmmaker, which results in the quality of his films increasing over
time. White Dog, for instance, is an unmitigated masterpiece that was
actually shelved when it was released. Its anti-racist message was
considered "racist" before anyone actually saw the film. "A Fuller
Life," a documentary about Samuel Fuller, is one of the most
ingeniously crafted documentaries in a long time. The film is by
Fuller's daughter Samantha, who employs the help of several people to
read from his autobiography (every word of the film was written by
Samuel Fuller), and utilizes footage from his films to tell the story.
Samuel Fuller's overbearing presence is felt throughout the film, to
the extent that when each person reads from the book, the spirit they
knew leaps off the pages and their voice, and into your unsuspecting
brain, which decrypts it as Fuller's voice, his words, his presence.
Most of the film, maybe somewhat disappointingly, is about Fuller's
time before making films. What is left is actually better than you
might anticipate; it traces his sources of interest for making films.
This all assists in painting a portrait of Fuller that's almost like a
movie camera. But perhaps Fuller should be remembered for being a great
storyteller than anything else.
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