Tag: Robert Greene

  • The Past Isn’t Past

    “If we just relive it again, it’s gonna keep happening,” someone says during Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17 as a way of asking if restaging a 100-year-old crime against humanity is such a great idea. The event in question occurred on July 12, 1917, not long after the U.S. had entered World War I. A strike […]

  • Real It So Fake: “Bisbee ’17” and the Shape-Shifting Cinema of Robert Greene

    “If we just relive it again, it’s gonna keep happening,” someone says at one point during Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17, as a way of asking if restaging a 100-year-old crime against humanity is such a great idea. The event in question occurred on July 12, 1917, not long after the U.S. had entered World War […]

  • The Astonishing Doc Actress Reveals an Over-40 Pro Attempting a Comeback

    Style is a question many documentarians are implicitly cautioned to avoid. Documentary favors the unforeseen and the accidental, and style suggests the inverse: It gives the impression of control, or of the shopworn criticism, “manipulation.” Style suggests deceit. Robert Greene understands that, instead, sculpting reality is precisely the job of every documentarian. And he understands […]

  • Kati With an I: Chaperoning a High-School Senior in Alabama

    Documentarian Robert Greene chaperones 18-year-old Kati Genthner through the three days before her graduation (with honors) from Pleasant Valley High School near Jacksonville, Alabama. She is preparing to leave for the comparatively cosmopolitan Charlotte, North Carolina, where her out-of-work parents have preceded her. In their absence, she has clung to boyfriend-turned-fiancé James, who shows a […]