Film Review: 'A Fuller Life'

★★★☆☆ Ron Mann's Altman (2014) chose to look at the director's career largely through his own eyes, combining archive material and interviews together with the recollections of friends and family. A Fuller Life (2013) is another biographical doc about a master of independent American cinema, but Samantha Fuller's affectionate portrait of her father Samuel goes one step further - the words are exclusively the subject's own. Friends and collaborators lend their voices to gobbets of Fuller's autobiography, which proves the ideal source text. Whilst the surrounding film is a little rough-and-ready, the core dialogue between auteur and audience encapsulates the kind of penetration and energy inherent to his oeuvre.

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