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  1. Blumes's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

  2. msmichel's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    Morris' latest documentary may seem slight compared to some of his more important work but this wonderful document gives both tribute to portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman and a tribute to Polaroid film and its unfortunate passing. Elsa is the entire show here with no other 'talking heads' necessary as she reflects on her career looking back on the portraits she has taken especially those taken in large format 20x24.

  3. MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    The best part of this doc is a Polaroid ad from the 1970s. Speaking directly to the camera in an empty warehouse, the co-founder of Polaroid says that cameras have yet to become as pervasive and common as telephones. "But that day is not far," he predicts with austere certainty... Little did he know that phones would soon replace cameras and instant photography would acquire a completely different meaning...

  4. Viginti_tres's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    Minor, safe and sentimental but Morris manages to make these into compliments with this strangely moving movie about simple, optimistic art. A solid B-Side to Faces Places.

  5. oldfilmsflicker's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    this movie is a ray of sunshine

  6. Jason's rating of the film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    In what can only be described as a banner year for documentaries about artists (see those also on Chris Burden and Tony Conrad), Errol Morris delivers a sterling example of how this done-to-death form can still be used to deliver a KO. This is a film of great profundity and surprising emotional potency. It is about an extremely likeable woman, to be sure, but also art, friendship, and the bittersweet passage of time.