Director: Laura Israel | USA| 2015 | 82 minutes
Don’t Blink is a biography of the 91-year old American photographer and documentary filmmaker Robert Frank, who is most known for his 1958 book titled The Americans. Director Laura Israel gained incredible access to Frank’s life, art, and clips from his rarely seen films.
Nick Schager at Variety Magazine writes that Don’t Blink “refers to its subject’s persistent dedication to capturing life in all its unkempt, impromptu glory. It also, however, seems to allude to the sheer pace of Israel’s documentary, which employs an unconventional editorial style involving rapid-fire collages of Frank’s still photos, his later avant-garde movies, and recent footage of the artist (as well as of friends, colleagues, and his wife, June Leaf). It’s a unique, associative blend of sounds and images that aims to convey details as well as underlying truths about Frank’s life.”
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