DA Pennebaker

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‘Sweating out the notes’: the stunning portrait of Sondheim’s Company by DA Pennebaker
A newly rereleased documentary captures tense scenes in the studio for the 1970 musical’s original cast recording – and reveals much about the songs and their singers

Chris Wiegand

15, Sep, 2021 @1:36 PM

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'It felt like a wonderful dream' – DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop
In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festival’s promoter

Interviews by Dorian Lynskey

07, Aug, 2019 @1:29 PM

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DA Pennebaker: restless, brilliant film-maker plugged into the 1960s zeitgeist
Pennebaker, who has died aged 94, epitomised the counterculture with his interest in the legends of music as well as the backstage drama of politics

Peter Bradshaw

05, Aug, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Film-maker DA Pennebaker dies aged 94
The documentary-maker’s work included Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan’s Dont Look Back and Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust concert film

Andy Welch

03, Aug, 2019 @10:53 PM

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Nick Fraser: ‘Documentaries can change the world’
As his book on the history of factual film is published, the former Storyville editor reveals his favourite docs and books

Tim Lewis

27, Jul, 2019 @5:00 PM

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The Town Hall Affair reopens raucous 1971 debate and touches a nerve in the era of #metoo
Wooster Group’s latest play, in Sydney this month before heading to London, reimagines a seminal night in feminist history to tackle its unfinished business

Brigid Delaney

07, Jan, 2018 @1:38 AM

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Norman Mailer v Germaine Greer: how the Town Hall row still rages
The Wooster Group’s new show explores the notorious 1971 debate between feminists and the American novelist. Almost 50 years on, the arguments they had still define our discourse

Travis Diehl

31, Mar, 2017 @5:16 PM

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars review – grainy rock-doc records Bowie's brightest moment
DA Pennebaker’s intimate record of one of rock history’s defining moments – David Bowie’s final concert performance as Ziggy Stardust

Gwilym Mumford

02, Mar, 2017 @9:45 PM

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Unlocking the Cage review – exemplary animal rights documentary
This well made film about an organisation fighting for the rights of animals with advanced cognitive abilities presents some fascinating legal and ethical issues

Leslie Felperin

16, Jun, 2016 @8:00 PM

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Don't Look Back, Bob Dylan and the invention of the rockumentary
DA Pennebaker’s landmark film is being celebrated with its own exhibition, and more than 50 years on, it still sets the standard for the rock documentary

Simon Bowcock

17, May, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Bob Dylan and the Subterranean Homesick Blues revolution
How a two-minute, rickety-rackety masterpiece recorded in a single take changed music for ever. Richard Williams celebrates the 50th anniversary of Subterranean Homesick Blues

Richard Williams

13, Jan, 2015 @7:00 AM

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DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus: 'A film-maker needs to watch like a cat'
He was recently awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar, in recognition of films such as Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop. With his wife and collaborator Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker recalls shooting Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Bill Clinton

Melissa Denes

06, Mar, 2013 @12:39 AM

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