This is my tribute to beautiful documentary interviews. Screengrabs from films, posted occasionally. Different styles, all striking. This site is intended as a source book for filmmakers and film lovers.

4th January 2012

Waiting for ‘Superman’ (2010). Directed by Davis Guggenheim and shot by Erich Roland and Bob Richman.
The kids’ perspectives and intimate context makes this film work. Here is Anthony, a schoolboy in Washington, with the contents of his backpack spread out on his bed. He tries to solve a simple math problem. “You had four cookies and you ate two, and then you gotta cross-multiply that…two, four…You ate fi-, you ate fifty percent of your cookie.”

Waiting for ‘Superman’ (2010). Directed by Davis Guggenheim and shot by Erich Roland and Bob Richman.

The kids’ perspectives and intimate context makes this film work. Here is Anthony, a schoolboy in Washington, with the contents of his backpack spread out on his bed. He tries to solve a simple math problem. “You had four cookies and you ate two, and then you gotta cross-multiply that…two, four…You ate fi-, you ate fifty percent of your cookie.”

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