Pennebaker’s other films include the 1973, David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”, “101” (1989), Depeche Mode, and “Down From the Mountain” (2000) , about the musicians who sang in the Coen brothers movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”.
Pennebaker won an honorary Oscar in 2013.
He and his wife, Chris Hegedus, with whom he has made most of his films in recent decades, were nominated for an Oscar in 1994 in the Documentary category for “The War Room,” a spiritual backstory about the presidential campaign of to Bill Clinton since 1992.
The documentary “Don’t Look Back” by Bob Dylan, which follows the 1966 British tour of the musician, begins with the iconic footage from the video for the “Underground Homesick Blues”, in which a young and twisted Dylan exchanges cartoons on which the lyrics are written. , while poet Allen Ginsburg speaks somewhere in the background. This sequence has significantly influenced the evolution of music videos. Another famous documentary, “Monterey Pop”, features live footage featuring Janis Joplin, Ravi Shankar, and Jimi Hendrix.
Jean-Luc Godard was interested in Pennebaker’s work and thought about teaming up with him for a project, but that was never completed.
Pennebaker won a lifetime achievement award from the International Documentary Association in 2005.
Pennebaker was married three times, first with Sylvia Bell, from 1950-1968, second with Kate Taylor, from 1972-1980, who collaborated on some of Pennebecker’s films in the 1970s. Both marriages were concluded with divorce.
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