LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME - A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK

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LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME - A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK

Gerald Fox
GB, 2004
Documentaries, 86min, OF

LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME - A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK

Gerald Fox
GB, 2004
Documentaries, 86min, OF

Screenplay: 
Gerald Fox
Sound: 
Mark Roy
Camera: 
Robert Hannah
Editor: 
Steve Scales

Production: 
Granada Television The London TV Centre, Upper Ground London SE1 9LT, Großbritannien T 20 7261 3106 philippa.jury@granadamedia.com
World Sales: 
Granada Television The London TV Centre, Upper Ground London SE1 9LT, Großbritannien T 20 7261 3106 philippa.jury@granadamedia.com
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color and Black/White

Special Screening

«What a lonely place it can be in America, what a tough country it is», Robert Frank sighs as he remembers the two years he spent on the road in the mid-Fifties compiling his famous book «The Americans». Quizzical, querulous, self-deprecating, Frank is a fascinating but awkward subject. He doesnt conceal his annoyance when Gerald Foxs crew runs out of film mid-interview. Nor does he think there is any great skill to his craft. «If you have some brain and feeling, youre probably going to be a good photographer», he says, as if the job is a matter of mere common sense. Fox shows Frank against the backdrop of the beautiful but remote house in which he lives in Nova Scotia, but contrasts these scenes with the bustle of New York, the city Frank most loves. The photographer is always questioning, always pushing back the parameters of his art. On one principle, though, he wont budge. «I dont want to be a judge», he says. «I dont want to be a hero, but a judge is even worse than a hero.» (Geoffrey Macnab)