Thursday, March 30, 2006

Coming to a Theatre Near You!

If you live on the North Side, that is. The long-awaited documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston will be released to a ravenous public tomorrow. The Landmark Theatre will be one of a few places in the country to screen the film about underground pop’s favorite living manic depressive. In 2005 the pic played at Sundance and earned director Jeff Feuerzeig a best director award. Who doesn’t love a dreary documentary about middle-aged men with frazzled hair/expressions who create art and music that straddles the line of neurotic indulgence and innocent genius? Hopefully the film will bring Daniel’s intriguing story and eccentric art to a wider audience; at the same time, let’s hope it doesn’t bring him too much attention, because part of what makes him so endearing is that he still isn’t a part of the pop iconography that he worships so much.

2 Comments:

Blogger Robyn Detterline said...

It looks like I totally lied, and the film isn't playing at Landmark this weekend. I don't know what that's about. Ah well. I never claimed to be an authority on theatrical releases. Or did I? But rest assured, it is coming to the Landmark eventually. The film opened today, hopefully it will make it to Chicago in the upcoming weeks.

Don't hate me. I know you all were planning your weekend around it.

3/31/2006 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger Robyn Detterline said...

According to the Landmark web site, it will start on April 14.

3/31/2006 09:22:00 AM  

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