Dir. Peter Watkins (1973).
Densely edited and largely achronological, Peter Watkin’s epic portrait of the artist is an essay with actors that has the form and tropes of a doc: direct address, contrapuntal voice-over, casual framing, verite zooms. Typically, Watkins is less interested in Munch’s subject matter than the conditions of his existence—it was after this hypnotic, frantic bio-pic that Watkins moved from movies that represented a social scenario to movies that sought to construct one.
Wed., July 28, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 5 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 27, 2010