An intimate investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson.
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As someone who had heard of Susan Sontag,but didn't know a great deal about her.I found this documentary about her private and public life,very informative.I agree with the comments,that the film tended to dwell on her bisexuality and the controversies that surrounded her life.However,I do think that the film is a good starting point ,for anyone who is interested in a writer and thinker,who believed in free speech.
This is a hatchet job, completely disregarding Sontag's life-work in order to make a point about her sexuality (more or less reducing her to everything she tried to avoid being reduced to). Embarrassing, reductive, and cruel.
A black and white picture of Sontag placed into a bottle with sand falling down on it in slow-motion (and some sad music). Like, really?! But I disagree with the previous comments that dwelling on her sexuality is a bad thing.
A thorough portrait of the literary critic laden with solid archival footage and impressive interviews with those near and dear to the writer (Harriet Sohmers Zwerling stole the show). I wish this doc dealt less with Sontag's sexuality and more with her work, mentorship, & ideological backpedaling. The omission of her juicy, short-lived beef with Adrienne Rich is a glaring one. Not a fan of Clarkson's voice.