Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Auteur Watch - Jim Brown
Yes, Jim Brown. Director extraordinaire of scads of documentary films on only the worthiest of subjects: Pete Seeger; Peter, Paul and Mary; Harold Leventhal, the list goes on and on... actually, the list is a little less than finite. So with such a magnificent body of work, surely it falls to someone else to do the Jim Brown story? Ken Burns? Ross McElwee? Well, not Ross. He's still working through his own issues. I mean, Jim would do it himself, but no. He's no narcissist. Even he knows his story's not that compelling. He'd probably tell you it's just a job like any job. He might as well be working the deep fryer at McDonald's for all he cares. You turn on a camera, and you put something interesting in front of it. That's the job. If it's interesting for you, all the better. It's a reward in itself... and it'll have to be, since national recognition seems to elude him, even to this day.