Enter a true movie lover's home and you're obviously going to see shelves and shelves of DVDs (and now Blu-ray), but you're also likely to see a lot of books about filmmaking, including filmmaker biographies. There are a number of classics, many in interview form like Francois Truffaut's Hitchcock and the (director) on (director) series -- I'm particularly fond of Trier on von Trier. And recently, a lot of lower brow fanboy types seemed to be reading Rebecca Keegan's book on James Cameron, The Futurist, so reading about directors is not just for film studies nerds looking to expand on their knowledge of film history and auteurism.
So where are all the great biographical documentaries about specific filmmakers? I'm not talking about DVD supplement stuff, or episodes of Encore's The Directors or even docs about the making of -- or attempted making of -- specific films, such as Hearts of Darknessand Lost in La Mancha. Although, I would maybe count Overnight, because even though it's focused on Troy Duffy's first (and then only) film, it is really a portrait of the director more than just about the production of The Boondock Saints. Is it because we don't need such biographical films when we have so many books and TCM profiles to keep us happy? That's the conclusion I got from my triple feature this week of Don't You Forget About Me, ClarkWORLDand Two in the Wave, all of which seem worthless efforts to pay tribute to and share some background on, respectively John Hughes, Bob Clark and Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.