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The Devil and Daniel Johnston

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His drawings and sketches are exhibited and sold worldwide. Beck, Wilco, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam have recorded his songs. But beneath Daniel Johnston's success as an artist and musician is an incredible story of genius touched by madness: diagnosed as manic-depressive, Johnston has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. Told through a compelling combination of interviews, home movies and performance footage, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON is "a harrowing, hilarious and ultimately moving new documentary film" (Jim Farber, New York Daily News). "****" (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News)!

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sundance World Premiere Featurette
  • Laurie and Daniel Reunion Featurette
  • Daniel's reunion with his high school sweetheart Laurie
  • Legendary WFMU Broadcast Featurette
  • Cinema of Daniel Johnston
  • Personal Movies of Daniel Johnston
  • Daniel's Audio Diaries
  • Personal recording of Daniel Johnston
  • Commentary with Director Jeff Feuerzeig and Producer Henry S. Rosenthal
  • Sundance Film Festival, Director's Award, Winner, 2005

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  • Actors: Daniel Johnston, Kathy McCarty, Jeff Tartakov, Gibby Haynes, Jad Fair
  • Directors: Jeff Feuerzeig
  • Writers: Jeff Feuerzeig
  • Producers: Henry S. Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOSGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" on IMDb

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
Format: DVD
I saw this film early last spring and have been perplexed why it never showed up on Amazon's list of movies that were appearing in theaters. I found this frustrating because this is one of my favorite movies of 2006 so far and one of my favorite documentaries concerning a musical figure.

Daniel Johnston is widely known as one of the great untutored songwriters in America, extremely raw and unsophisticated while compelling and original at the same time. He is also known as an artist who has had to struggle for most of his adult life with severe mental illness. No documentary ever made allows such access to a person's psyche as this one does. Why? Beginning as a young teen Johnston began recording his own life on video and tape. There are literally thousands of cassettes that provide an unprecedented portrait of Johnston. He not only recorded his own thoughts, but would secretly tape conversations with others. It is entirely possible that we have a larger record of Johnston's life than any other public person. Drawing on these vast materials and given complete access to them by Johnston and his parents, director Jeff Feuerzeig has assembled a comprehensive, compassionate, yet disturbing portrait of a fascinating individual. The opening credits display these disturbing words by Johnston: "There is a devil, and he knows my name."

The film tells Johnston's story from his early teens to his move to Austin, Texas in his early twenties where he suffered his first mental breakdown, on to adulthood and his ongoing struggle with severe mental illness. Although he quotes his own conditions from an earlier edition of the DSM, Johnston seems to struggle with a number of psychological problems, including severe bipolarity, narcissism, and schizophrenia.
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When I started watching this, I didn't really know much about it. I vaguely remember seeing a trailer for it awhile ago, but that's all. However, as the film progressed and more music samples were played, I realized that the documentary's subject, the creative but troubled Daniel Johnston, was the same Daniel Johnston who did a song that I've liked ever since high school, a song that still--over ten years later--has a place of honor on my ipod. I just never realized that the person who did that lovely ditty was a severely afflicted manic-depressive who hung out with the likes of Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers. His story is as amazing as it is depressing. In particular, listening to his ever-patient parents recall disturbing stories of increasingly erratic behavior as his illness progressed is absolutely heartbreaking. I think one of the aspects of the film that most resonated with me was the seemingly unconditional love they felt for a son they easily could have had institutionalized and made less burdensome to their lives. So in that sense, at least, the film does impart a more optimistic sense of filial happiness and is a testament to the strong emotional bonds between parent and child. Moreover, the documentary also serves as a showcase for Johnston's music which really does deserve a wider audience. His music and his singing voice aren't really conventional by any means, but his songs are absolutely sincere and that's more than I can say for most popular artists who are making music today.
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When I first listened to "Hi, How Are You?" in an FYE music sampling machine vendor I knew that Daniel Johnston's story would be something like this. But not this bad.

Johnston was known, I guess, before Kurt Cobain wore the t-shirt of the above mentioned album at one of the MTV music awards. Known wouldn't be quite the right word: infamous and pitied would be much better. Some of the stories related are funny at first, and then when you reflect on them, they become very sad. Like when the members of Sonic Youth had to chase him from a gig because he was high on LSD, believing that he had discovered a new supernatural realm, cautioning them not to under any circumstances call his parents. Or when he ripped the key out of the ignition of his father's private jet and threw it out the window, just barely crashing in a safe manner because of his father's training. (He thought he was Casper the Friendly Ghost.)

Less humorous even in this specious vein is when Daniel, psychotically high on marijuana (he shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near the music scene) beat his manager bloody with a lead pipe to "cast his demons out" and then dropped the other manager who had devoted most of his life to him.

The Bible Belt can really mess some people up, but it and a palette of mental disturbances did a number on Daniel Johnston (he of course has the requisite talent to form all that bitterness into something worthwhile). But does it really matter? Even with his cult fame? Who knows.

Some of this was extraordinary, some of it was kind of "let's laugh at the maniac" pornography. Anyone who listens to his music can't doubt, though, that he unearthed a new vein in sound. Heavy on the heart.
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This is an interesting doc, but let's not pretend that Johnston's music is anything worth listening to more than once. He can't play, he can't sing, and his songs are pathetically bad in a weirdly mournful way. It's pretty clear that he's delusional at times. But he gets a pass because he's bipolar. I found this film really exploitative. He's had a chaotic life. But I guess if there's something to be sold, someone will sell it. Poor, sad man.
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