Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King

Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King

  • Canada
  • 51
  • STC

“Each of my films is the exploration of a territory that I urgently want to understand,” Allan King states in this elegantly structured and inspirational biography of one of Canada’s most significant filmmakers. King’s work has been central to the development of documentary film and direct cinema around the world, and he continues to make powerful films that confront and move us with the painful and beautiful understanding of what it is to be human. King speaks openly and warmly about the motivation behind many of his films as carefully chosen excerpts illuminate his reflections. Skid Row (1956), Warrendale (1967), A Married Couple (1969), Who Has Seen the Wind (1977) and Dying at Grace (2003), to name just a few, illustrate the depth of his practice and the development of the direct cinema form he calls “actuality drama.” Verité footage shot during the making of Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company, his most recent documentary, brings the dynamics of King’s creative process to the film. A beautifully constructed homage to the work and life of this accomplished filmmaker. Lynne Fernie

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