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Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

#795: Dick Johnson Is Dead / Wanda (Overlooked Auteurs #4)

When veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson transitioned to directing with 2016’s “Cameraperson,” which was assembled from hundreds of hours of b-roll footage Johnson had shot over the years, it was unclear what a follow-up from her would look like. What we got – the new DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD – is a project both harrowing and whimsical: Johnson inviting her beloved father, showing early signs of dementia and failing health, to stage (and re-stage) his own death. Adam and Josh agree that the film is “a miracle.” Also something of a miracle is Barbara Loden’s first – and only – film, the verité-style WANDA from 1970, the next film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon.

0:00 – Billboard

1:07 – Review: “Dick Johnson is Dead”

Tim Heidecker, “Fear of Death”

27:21 – Next Week/Notes

37:30 – Polls

45:32 – Overlooked Auteurs #4: “Wanda”

1:08:24 – Outro

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