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Review: Kings of Pastry

By Christopher Campbell | Film | February 27, 2011 |

By Christopher Campbell | Film | February 27, 2011 |

As Oscar weekend begins, it’s worth noting, as many bloggers like to do, how many great filmmakers have never won Academy Awards. Documentary legends Frederick Wiseman and DA Pennebaker are among them, and each released new films last year. But they were both considered “light” works for their talents. I nevertheless consider Wiseman’s Boxing Gym to be one of the best docs of 2010, while Pennabaker’s latest, Kings of Pastry, is definitely on the insubstantial side of his career. At 85 years old (you wouldn’t know it, if you’ve seen him in person recently), he’s at least still working. But I don’t think I’d recommend it to people who aren’t total foodies or Pennebaker fanatics, and even then it’s likely too unrecognizable in style to his direct-cinema classics that even devotees may be a little disappointed.

Read the Rest of the Review at Christopher Campbell’s Documentary Blog, Nothing But the Doc.

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