As a huge fan of documentaries, I’d like to share three great ones I’ve seen recently. They all have one thing in common: they chronicle the life story of ordinary people with extraordinary talent. I find it extremely captivating, how some people are destined to change history as we know it. How they leave their marks in whatever field they choose to work in. Pop culture is so intrinsically intertwined with real life, the way arts imitates life and shapes a certain time in history. I believe a certain dose of inspiration is antidote to discouragement, and in times like these it’s like a glimpse of hope. We are all capable of amazing things.
Everything Is Copy examines the life and legacy of legendary writer and film director Nora Ephron. Directed and written by Jacob Bernstein, her son, the movie features intimate interviews with many of the people closest to her. It feels very intimate and involving. Ephron was so naturally funny and insightful. Her approach to writing and romantic relationships gave us classics such as When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail, along with so many wonderful books and stories. Her philosophy “everything is copy,” – a family saying – means that anything and everything that happens to you is fair game to write about. “Above all, be the heroin of your life, not the victim.”
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Another documentary that celebrates a female writer. Didion is a fierce, complex writer who has led a formidable life. Her distinct voice and self awareness makes her a truly distinct person. She examines her life, her work and the tragic loss of both her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne. A remarkable life story.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it”. I’ve loved this quote for years and watching Robin Williams say it in this documentary is both emotional and heartbreaking. One of the most talented and inventive comedians the world has ever known, this intimate portrait examines his extraordinary life and career. It’s a poignant and beautiful look into his brilliant and tragically curtailed life. It’s hard not to get emotional watching it.
Have you seen any good documentaries lately? I’d love to hear…