The Sweetest Sound
USA 2001, 60 min.
I made the terrible mistake of reading the press pack before I watched this film. Berliner’s hyperbolic claims about his film as “an engagement with history… the most difficult, the riskiest challenge… the irony of going deeper within, in order to tackle a ubiquitous universal subject…. recapitulating the inherent argument for the personal nonfiction film …” put me in a filthy mood by the time I slipped the tape into my VCR. The director’s self-absorbed self regard got my hackles up, especially in view of his back catalogue of home movie films and screen portraits of his own family.