artists in action #147

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Peter Whitehead points his camera at the sky

2 comments:

Sam said...

This has nothing to with Peter Whitehead as I have no clue who his is. My bad. However, I did notice that you've now placed Jerry Lewis in the auteur spot. That was a great choice, in my personal opinoin. Is Jer being there for good or will you change it again?

Tom Sutpen said...

Hey, Sam...

I'll probably be moving Jerry Lewis out of there sooner, as it's sort of a rotating feature of 'le sidebar', but I'm glad you think he was a wise choice.

Thankfully, only hardcore middlebrows still resist taking Lewis seriously as a film artist. In fact, one of the things I like about younger cinephiles these days is they seem to embrace Lewis without irony or any of the cultural baggage (the French thing) old geezers like me were weighed down by when trying to argue his case, as it were.

Peter Whitehead was a British documentary filmmaker (I think he's still alive, but don't quote me on it) who largely focused on Pop and counterculture subjects; films like the Rolling Stones' doco Charlie is My Darling, and the Swinging London bagatelle Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.