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What Is Cinema? (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 6 June 2014 (USA)
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Amidst a constant stream of hundreds of film clips, dozens of filmmakers voice their opinions on the titular question while primarily looking beyond the Hollywood mainstream to independent, experimental, documentary and avant-garde films.

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Chuck Workman

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Chuck Workman (story), Chuck Workman
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Credited cast:
Chantal Akerman ... Herself
Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Robert Bresson ... Himself (archive footage)
Costa-Gavras ... Himself
Rob Epstein ... Himself
John Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
James Franco ... Himself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Abbas Kiarostami ... Himself
Akira Kurosawa ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Leigh ... Himself
Sidney Lumet ... Himself (archive footage)
David Lynch ... Himself
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Using the words and ideas of great filmmakers, from archival interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson to new interviews with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas, Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman shows what these filmmakers and others do that can't be expressed in words - but only in cinema. Written by Anonymous

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31 July 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Using the words and ideas of great filmmakers, from archival interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson to new interviews with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas, Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman shows what these filmmakers and others do that can't be expressed in words - but only in cinema.

Thank you for talking with David Lynch, who says "it can be like a dream" when watching cinema. In a way, this is sort of the point. It is trying to bring us in, get an emotional response, tell a story... make the false true and the fake real. If you can make fantasy a reality, you have succeeded.

There seems to be a growing number of "documentaries" that just show film clips and talk over them. Most are garbage. This one is okay. Not great, but okay. There are enough moments of directors talking about the films that influenced them to really be helpful, and enough footage from lesser-known films to really spark someone to add to their watch-list.


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