Don’t blink – Robert Frank

A Lau­ra Isra­el film. In eng­lish with ger­man sub­tit­les.

Robert Frank is reluc­tant to allow him­s­elf to be wired up to a micro­pho­ne; one of the world’s most renow­ned pho­to­graph­ers does not want to pose in front of ano­t­her person’s lens – and sim­ply lea­ves the frame. This sce­ne from an ear­ly inter­view alrea­dy reveals much about his per­so­na­li­ty and his under­stan­ding of art. Bent over his ear­ly pho­to­graphs, which cap­tu­re dai­ly life on the mar­gins of Ame­ri­can socie­ty, he exp­lains his approach. ‘It’s best’ he says, ‘if peop­le don’t noti­ce that you are pho­to­gra­phing them.’ His por­traits are snapshots that cap­tu­re the moment – in the tru­est sen­se of the term – whe­ther they depict the lives of Lon­don ban­kers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones. Robert Frank opens up in front of the came­ra of his long-stan­ding col­la­bo­ra­tor and edi­tor Lau­ra Isra­el and looks back, self-con­fi­dent­ly but also self-depre­ca­tin­g­ly, at his life and work. The film shows us an artist in action; the wit­ness of an era who remem­bers the years with Jack Kerou­ac and Allen Gins­berg – with whom he made films in the caden­ces of the Beat genera­ti­on. Robert Frank: always a mave­rick and anar­chist – in any situa­ti­on that life throws at him. (Ber­li­na­le­text)

USA/Frankreich 2015, 82 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Lau­ra Isra­el
Kame­ra: Lisa Rinz­ler, Ed Lach­man
Schnitt: Alex Bing­ham