April 22, 2011 |
Forty long years ago this spring, the public television station in New York, WNET, hired a film crew to move in with the upper-middle-class William C. Loud family of Santa Barbara, Calif., to intimately record the daily routines and mini-dramas of Bill, a mining entrepreneur, his wife, Pat, and their five children. The idea was to show, in the purest documentary style possible, what a 20th-century family looked like. The filming lasted several months — long enough for the Louds to get used to the camera's...
December 10, 2009
The international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders gave a film crew unprecedented access to its emergency workers for this documentary about four volunteers in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia. Directed by Mark Hopkins, the film was recently among 15 feature documentaries that qualified for an Oscar nomination. On Monday, "Living in Emergency" will be broadcast to more than 440 theaters across the country as part of an event in New York hosted by ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas.
October 10, 2008
See today's Weekend section for Quick Take reviews of new films and comprehensive coverage of the movies now showing in area theaters. For past film reviews and articles, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/movies . Also opening today: Call + Response (PG-13, 84 minutes) A self-styled rockumentary that seeks to confront the awful realities of international human trafficking. At area theaters. See Neely Tucker's Quick Take in Weekend, Page 29. Mister Foe (R, 95 minutes)
August 7, 2009
Something cold and calculating beats at the center of "Paper Heart," an ingratiating, mostly mock documentary by comedian and actress Charlyne Yi ("Knocked Up"). A shy, bespectacled tomboy who proudly lets her dork flag fly, Yi announces at the beginning of the movie that she doesn't believe in love, then sets off with a film crew across the American South to interview real-life couples about their long-term, failed and budding relationships. (Yi's director, Nicholas Jasenovec, is played in the film by Jake Johnson.)