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Benjamin Smoke
Benjamin Smoke
Actors: Benjamin Dickerson, Tim Campion, Brian Halloran, Coleman Lewis, Bill Taft
Directors: Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2003     1hr 12min

Filmmakers Jem Cohen ("Fugazi:Instrument") and Peter Sillen ("Speed Racer: Welcome to World of Vic Chesnutt") made BENJAMIN SMOKE over the course of ten years. It follows the crooked path of "Benjamin" (no last name), an u...  more »

     
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Actors: Benjamin Dickerson, Tim Campion, Brian Halloran, Coleman Lewis, Bill Taft
Directors: Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen
Creators: Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen, Nancy Roach, Noah Cowan
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary, Biography, Gay & Lesbian
Studio: Plexifilm
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Gone but not forgotten
James Mann | Decatur, GA United States | 01/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If this is your first exposure to Benjamin and the music of Smoke, you might find his openess and life unsettling, but given a chance this drug-gobbling, dress-wearing poet will take up residence in your soul. This film captures, probably as well as is possible, the amazingly unique man that was Benjamin. While the film shows us tragic times, it isn't a tragedy. Instead, it's the story of a brave--and strange-- heart, who just didn't fit into the "real" world. Our loss."
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Christopher Gordon | Indianapolis, IN United States | 12/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The last thing Benjamin'd want is for some sycophant to "justify" his life. Jem Cohen does as is his want in evoking the life of a true elysian navigator: pastels, washes, cinematic perfumes. Throughout it all Benjamin riffs; his grit betraying a lucidity that many choose to ignore."