Chicago Cinema Circuit’s Daniel Nava takes a look at “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank”


For practical purposes, I should note that I didn’t know who Robert Frank was before watching Laura Israel’s film. And I confess that Don’t Blink: Robert Frank is perhaps not the ideal place to start. But the film does stimulate you through its sensory detail and persuasive, beatnik energy. For a film centered on a nonagenarian, Frank is surprisingly spry and flighty, enthusiastically engaging with Israel and her crew as they casually go about Frank’s history and photography. There’s not much in the way of structure, no introductory elements that clarify or contextualize images; it’s a largely experimental effort that engages its audience through stark imagery and audial delights (the soundtrack featuring Charles Mingus, The Rolling Stones, and The White Stripes is exceptional).



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