The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait PhotographyHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive. Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 49
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [An] enjoyable but also profound movie.
Fresh: Discount it at your peril: This portrait of the artist as an old woman is a gentle-hearted gem, as profoundly subtle as it is subtly profound.
Fresh: You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny - that's how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.
Fresh: This film will convince you that she definitely deserves a higher position in the pantheon.
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