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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

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Ben Shapiro

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About the Movie

An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life—moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. While the photographs are staged with crews that rival many feature film productions, Crewdson takes inspiration as much from his own dreams and fantasies as the worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward Hopper and Diane Arbus. Crewdson’s imagery has also infiltrated the pop culture landscape. Shot over a decade with unprecedented access, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters beautifully bares the artist’s process—and it’s as mesmerizing and riveting as the images themselves.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: With marvelous discipline, Mr. Shapiro crams a wealth of material into a tight 77 minutes, smoothly communicating the group effort required to achieve the perfect shot. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 30, 2012

Fresh: Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: A finely sketched portrait of the artist's unlikely pursuit of perfection. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Oct 26, 2012

Fresh: "Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans. – Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe, Nov 15, 2012

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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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