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Sunshine Superman

USA, Norwegen, 2014

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A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, “the father of BASE jumping,” whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight.

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Sunshine Superman Regie Marah Strauch
The dramatic reenactments of events [eventually grew] pretty thick, which tried my patience; I also have to admit I found Jean Boenish’s philosophical musings less than persuasive. And I don’t think my fear of heights was the reason for my bias.
May 22, 2015
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Strauch’s direction is numbingly uninspired, adhering stringently to the Doc. 101 assembly-line template cultivated by the film’s executive producer Alex Gibney. This means a lot of on-the-nose and/or sentimentalizing musical cues (selections from Wagner’s Tristan And Isolde; the Donovan ditty that gives the movie its name), as well as cheesy reenactments of key events meant to break up any talking-head monotony, but instead distract with their gauzy amateurism.
May 21, 2015
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Perhaps the sheer preponderance of Boenish’s self-shot footage is key to the effectiveness of Sunshine Superman. It’s one thing to hear Boenish spouting inspirational platitudes about thinking outside societal boxes and following your bliss; it’s quite another, however, to see the man himself putting his philosophies into mad practice, and moreover, to see his own filmed results as thrilling illustration.
May 20, 2015
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  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Sunshine Superman

    Fantastic collection of archival footage here and a respectfully put together doco on an amazingly unique couple. Seeing Karl out on Yosemite on his make-shift ladder was both terrifying and awe-inspiring. This is a mature, well made story that gives a loving insight into an era free from the commercialisation of all of today's extreme sports. 4 stars

  • Endless Eye's rating of the film Sunshine Superman

    The wild story of Carl and Jean Boenish effortlessly crafted by Marah Strauch, takes us through the obsessively beautiful history of the invention of base jumping. Breathtaking in scale, and refreshing in its humanity and mystery. This is a film for any fan of big documentaries like Senna, Man on Wire or Grizzly Man.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Sunshine Superman

    Well paced and told documentary concerning the life of Carl Boenish, one of the founders/creators of B.A.S.E. jumping. Very cinematic exercise using archival footage of actual jumps and testimonials from those who were present and involved. From his beginnings with sky divings moving on to aerial towers, bridges and skyscrapers..his thirst for adventure and ability to share that thrill is evident throughout.

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