Documentaries by Alan Berliner

Documentaries by Alan Berliner

4 Episodes

With a rare genius for rendering the personal universal, Alan Berliner has quietly established himself as one of the premier film essayists of our time. Drawing his subjects from his immediate life—his grandfather in INTIMATE STRANGER, his father in NOBODY’S BUSINESS, and his own name in THE SWEETEST SOUND—he excavates the mysteries and mythologies embedded within family histories, using found footage, photographs, voice-over, interviews, and ephemera to construct intricate cinematic collages that are revealing, humorous, wise, and totally unique.

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Documentaries by Alan Berliner
  • The Family Album

    Episode 1

    Directed by Alan Berliner • 1988 • United States

    Alan Berliner’s experimental documentary draws from a vast collection of rare 16 mm home movies, shot by some sixty families between the 1920s and the 1950s, and weaves them into a composite lifetime of celebrations and struggles that passes from ...

  • Intimate Stranger

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alan Berliner • 1991 • United States

    Cinematic essayist Alan Berliner carves a poetic and emotional jigsaw puzzle out of the voluminous memorabilia of his grandfather’s remarkable life story. Family members try to make sense of an enigmatic man who was at once ordinary and endlessly ...

  • Nobody’s Business

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alan Berliner • 1996 • United States

    Alan Berliner takes on his own reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. Finding both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son, Berliner cr...

  • The Sweetest Sound

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alan Berliner • 2001 • United States

    What’s in a name? In THE SWEETEST SOUND, Alan Berliner (specifically the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who share his name and decides to rid himself of the dreaded Same-Name Syndrome. His solution: invite all the A...