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Daniel Reeves' 'Obsessive Becoming' is certain to go down as one of the landmark works in the field of experimental artists' video. Reeves' extraordinary autobiographical odyssey (as visually arresting as it is emotionally compelling) is a towering achievement that breathes new life into a genre whose innovative potential has seemed sadly diminished over the last few years. Assembled over a period of five years by the video artist Daniel Reeves, Obsessive Becoming turns a courageous personal exorcism into a visionary meditation on the psychic legacy of our darkest of centuries. Unraveling a turbulent family history through photographs and home movies that reveal little of the bigamy, child abuse and mental illness that went on behind them, Reeves uses multi-image techniques to confront this interior storehouse of pain, hoping that by naming the hurtful milestones on his own troubled journey, he'll find 'the clear song of one whole life'. Most powerfully however, he takes this inner accounting beyond the merely private realm to confront, through the over-laying of historical archive footage, the sufferings of so many, many children in the era of mechanized mass destruction. Under his own impassioned voiceover, the perfect fusion of form and content - he uses morphing to merge the many faces in the past just as they've merged in his memory - shows both a keen intelligence and a brave human being at work. Extraordinary. Trevor Johnson -TIME OUT, London


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  • Actors: Joris Gunewardena, Mooch Gunewardena, Daniel Reeves Emma Davie, Adele Reeves
  • Directors: Daniel Reeves
  • Writers: Daniel Reeves
  • Producers: Daniel Reeves, Rosemary Rotondi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Shakti Multimedia
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WAKUMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Youngblood on August 27, 2009
Format: DVD
Daniel Reeves's Obsessive Becoming is one of the great achievements in the history of experimental moving image art.It is a visually dazzling, emotionally charged masterpiece of poetic expression that elevates the personal to the universal with magisterial grace. Sorrow, pain and loss are not vanquished in this remarkable family history, but they are countered by a compassion so heartfelt and a forgiveness so genuine that the final sense of release is overwhelming. All this is propelled forward by densely interwoven streams of poetic imagery and evocative sound. It's a work of unforgettable artistic richness and emotional force.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Bethell on February 25, 2011
Format: DVD
This is one the greatest movies I have ever seen, but my review is about the actual DVD release.

I bought this back several years ago and this item did not play on either of my players. I was sent another copy which sadly also did not play. I've tried it on three separate players and each player will not recognise the DVD at all. I contacted the sellers but hear nothing back. I just think others should be aware before buying this product.
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