Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008)
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The art of the camera -- and the gift of camaraderie -- revealed in aremarkable portrait of our era's most provocative imagemaker. Thisacclaimed film traces the arc of the famed photographer's life, heraspirations to artistry and the trajectory of her career. Directed byher sister, Barbara Leibovitz, this probing and personal film depictsthe key phases that shaped Annie's life and work; including herchildhood, the tumultuous 1960s, her transition from Rolling Stone toVanity Fair as well as her most significant relationships, includingmotherhood. At its center are bountiful, insightful and even playfulinterviews with her most famous subjects, mentors and colleagues thatreveal the evolution of one of the world's most influential visualartists.]]>
- Over an hour of never-before-seen interviews organized in five thematic exhibition galleries
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It's well edited and a great treat for any Leibovitz fan.
It touches upon the journey that evolved around Annie and how she came to shape the road of her own destiny.
Very much worth a viewing.
This is a simply made, elegant film. It feels a lot like we simply spent an hour and twenty-seven minutes listening to her recount her life. The film rolls full circle, from her early days taking pictures of her family, through the incredible luck getting a job at Rolling Stone during it's first years of publication, through the diva-like celebrity photographs, back to her love of photographing her family. The film ends where her latest book starts, Pilgrimage, (Pilgrimage) a book of family trip photographs. It is remarkable that a film from 2008 would predict the wonderful current work.
I didn't know a lot about Annie Leibovitz, but yet I knew a lot. We all know a lot about her - at least through the thousands of photographs she has published. Barbara Leibovitz, Annie's sister, does a remarkable job directing this film. Much like her photographs, the film is a little bit posed and a little bit raw. The film was edited very carefully, and does present Annie in the best possible light. The film was delicate about the Rolling Stones tour and her drug use during the early years of her career at Rolling Stone Magazine.
The core film was originally aired on PBS, so the film is PG. The DVD includes a massive set of bonus features - slightly more raw, somewhat uncut, interviews with many of the subjects of the film. There appears to be a bit more honesty in these interviews. Sadly, the bonus features get really long in the tooth.Read more ›
This DVD is a very well done portrait of Annie Leibovitz and her life in photography. It includes pictures and home movies of her early life as one of six children of an Air Force Officer. While their father was fighting in the Vietnam War, the six kids were marching and protesting against that same war. This is the tale of a 1960's war protestor gone mainstream. In many ways, it's the story of the entire baby boom generation. It's wonderful to see a success story that is the result of talent, hard work and totally without inside contacts. Annie went to work for "Rolling Stone" as the magazine was being born and then grew up with it. Annie is one-of-a-kind, but that fact hasn't gone to her head.
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Excellent video of a photographer who has documented our culture for over 50 years, even though most people do not realize who shot the images.Published 16 months ago by Candi
Ho hum another dvd with people talking like what they have to say is important. Dont waste your time or moneyPublished 19 months ago by DragonG
I'm actually not an Annie Leibovitz fan but I respect her dedication. This is a very good inside view of her work and working methods. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paul T. Owen
Love this documentary about Annie Leibovitz. It is filled with celebrity interviews and insider looks at the process of working with these amazing stars. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by KSM