Thursday, March 24, 2011

Richard Leacock, 1921-2011

Cinematographer, editor and pioneer of cinéma vérité, Richard Leacock, passed away yesterday. His work spanned seven decades, including the seminal Monterey Pop which captured the groundbreaking rock festival of June 1967, directed by long-time collaborator and friend, D.A. Pennebaker. The film laid the way for all concert docs to follow including Woodstock.

Vérité is simply fly-on-the-wall documentary filmmaking where the camera observes the action without commentary or the presence of the filmmaker. Leacock helped create this style along with director Robert Drew as they discuss in this clip.