Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Following Sean

In search of the 60s
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 5, 2006
4.0 4.0 Stars
AFFECTING: Following SeanIn 1969, when Ralph Arlyck attended San Francisco State, he made a 16mm short about his upstairs neighbor in the Haight: Sean, a free-spirited four-year-old charmer who talked casually of having smoked pot. “Sean” quickly became famous, a decadent shocker to conservatives, a little gem of portraiture for admiring cinephiles, among them François Truffaut. Thirty years later, Arlyck, then a New York suburbanite, returned to San Francisco without flowers in his hair. He brought a video camera hoping to find Sean and Sean’s once-hippie family and — this is a reflective personal documentary — to understand his own travels through the decades. Following Sean is the story of America since the ’60s, with the heat and the challenge of the ’60s still there, softly pulsating. Sean? He’s not what you might expect, neither a mindless druggy vegetable nor, rehabbed, a suit-wearing Bushie. Hard-working, dealing the best he can with the bills, a shaky marriage, and a child, Sean is a 2005 Everyman. His humble, quietly disappointed, slow-burn adulthood is as affecting as one of Chekhov’s sobering tales.
Related: The new system, Stiff Little Fingers, Quotes + numbers - February 3, 2006, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Illegal Drugs, San Francisco State University, Francois Truffaut,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE  |  March 12, 2013
    A decent little movie, but hardly a major one, from Iran's master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who, self-exiled, here shoots in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast.
  •   REVIEW: THE GATEKEEPERS  |  February 26, 2013
    Great cinema journalism, The Gatekeepers was the National Society of Film Critics' winner for Best Documentary of 2012.
  •   REVIEW: THE LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953)  |  February 27, 2013
    It's the 60th anniversary of this pioneering American independent feature, which greatly influenced both cinema vérité documentarians and the French New Wave.
  •   REVIEW: HOW TO RE-ESTABLISH A VODKA EMPIRE  |  February 20, 2013
    Daniel Edelstyn launched this film project after reading the spirited diary of his late grandmother, Maroussia Zorokovich, whose wealthy Jewish family split from Ukraine as the Bolsheviks were taking control.
  •   REVIEW: HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA  |  February 12, 2013
    What Robert Flaherty did with title cards in his silent Nanook of the North , Werner Herzog manages with declamatory voiceover in Happy People : romanticization of the austere, self-reliant lives of hunters and trappers in the icebound north.

 See all articles by: GERALD PEARY