• The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2006

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig chronicles the life of a manic-depressive musician and artist, using a blend of home movies, Johnston's own audiotapes, vintage performances and current footage. Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Complex Corporation

Keywords: Quest, Transformation, 2000s, 1990s, Intense, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. This musician may not be a genius along the lines of Brain Wilson, as Feuerzeig claims, but Johnston has a knack for revealing innermost thoughts in an offhand way that is eerie and uncanny. show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Feuerzeig's film - everything a good documentary should be - is a story of family, friendship, art and fame, as seen through the prisms of exceptional beauty and deepest pain. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest. show more

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