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20,000 Days on Earth
A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.
Came in with no real relationship to Nick Cave or his music and loved this trip... It doesn't exactly enter F FOR FAKE territory, but it's just contrived and calibrated enough, with Cave openly musing about his fascination with narratives and instinctive need to embellish his own experiences, that it wouldn't shock me to learn that the "documentary's" only bit of truth – so far as these things go – is what I came in already knowing: Cave is a fringe rock star who spends a lot of time writing and recording songs. Maybe he doesn't live in Brighton, isn't married to a (stunning) woman named Suzie, doesn't have twin boys, doesn't see a therapist, and there's no team of…
"I am transforming, I am vibrating - I'm glowing - I'm flying! Look at me now!"
I used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's much better now - I'm miserable all the year round these days - and one of the ways I used to get it under control was to take photos and videos of grey, rainy skies. If I could take the weather that was troubling me and turn it into a matter of exposure lengths and f-stops, I could control it.
One of the many, many, many revelations of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's new film about Nick Cave is that he used to do the same thing. Although Cave never struck me as the sort…
Nick Cave plays Nick Cave in a 'documentary' that at times seems to encompass larger cinematic proportions than you would typically associate with the genre. The film is presented as his 20,000 day alive since birth, 24 hours in the life of an artist, a husband, a Dad, a dreamer, a realist and a middle-age man living in Brighton. To call this a documentary is not really true in the strictest sense, regularly drifting into the fictional realm so often inhabited by its subjects songs.
Certainly if you are turned on by the idea of delving into an artists creative process, being taken into the confusing, restless mind that attempts to make sense of their life and world around them…
When I talk about editing as a creative art form, I'm thinking of things like showing Nick Cave kicking the air, then cutting in mid-movement to his younger self completing the same move. Poetry, commentary and emotion in one cut.
This is still brilliant.
Memories don’t matter so much to me for I often tend to recall the bad ones: those in which I did something embarrassing or which are dominated by disappointment. Not that I am unhappy about the things I do, it’s just that the good ones fade much faster. Watching a guy recall his memories therefore doesn’t appeal to me as a concept for a ‘documentary’, especially since I’m not a Nick Cave fan per se, although this film fortunately centred on his latest album - Push the Sky Away - that I’ve acquainted more than the rest of his back catalogue. There way too much semi-philosophical mumbling that may work for his spoken-words style of song writing, but which, as…
Now I will tell you how to slay the dragon.
20,000 Days on Earth is simply the feeling you get when something higher than yourself is levelling with you. Nick Cave, a being drifting around in the philosophical stratosphere at the dumbest of times, is an artist that I never expected to decipher, nor even appreciate. The trailer of this quasi-documentary suggests further impenetrable ramblings about 'Important Stuff', yet I can't imagine a more inviting and welcoming creation of random musings than this.
Tinkering with structure playfully, 20,000 Days's concept is slight yet expansive. Following Nick Cave's 20,000th day on Planet Earth (we can only assume he's spent many more days on other planets), it segues between reminiscing about the…
An Australian vampire trawls the streets of Brighton in his taxi, looking for singers and actors to eat.
"Ich war immer schon ein prahlerisches Arschloch", sagt er irgendwann. Und das ist natürlich das Positive und das Negative hier zugleich. Ausgesuchte Bilder, anstrengender Hauptdarsteller, aber schon, äh, interessant. Man fröstelt bei der Szene, in der er seinen Söhnen spannende, gefährliche Abenteuer wünscht...
This made me want to watch a really good concert movie with Nick Cave. The footage, especially at the end was great. I liked some of his messing around in the studios. The car drives were ok, but not that great. And I really disliked the analyst scenes.
Claiming to follow Nick Cave on his 20,000th day alive, the film is a carefully constructed artifice* that serves to present conversations that allow Cave to expound on his life, his approaches to and views of his work, and his personal philosophies; the film lives and dies on how much the audience is interested in Cave and are brought in by his natural charisma.
*My personal favorite element is that Cave's car inexplicably always has someone in it for him to talk to whenever he has to drive anywhere.
En rigtig flot filmet dokumentar, med mange nye, sjove og anderledes idéer.
At lade Nick Cave snakke med/tale til sin psykolog, i stedet for et traditionelt interview med en journalist, synes jeg giver meget mere personlighed til filmen og er derfor en rigtig fed idé.
Og jeg synes at det giver et meget større indblik og fordybelse i musikkken når vi hører hele numre, og ikke kun korte brudstykker.
Jeg fik ikke det hele med da jeg så filmen første gang, hele historien og stemningen der er i den, så jeg skal snart have genset den, med dæmpet lys liggende afslappet på min sofa, og så bare nyde oplevelsen som et langt trip.
I didn't know a whole lot about Nick Cave going into this semi-fictional documentary. Once it was over I still didn't know a lot, but that wasn't really the point. Based on what's here I can tell that Cave is a very interesting man. I just haven't heard enough of his music to determine what I think of him as an artist. I liked the music in the film, but I can't say I'm a big fan of his singing style. It's an interesting enough film though, probably even more so for Cave fans.
The Ron Says: See it.
One of the most 'cinematic' documentaries I've seen. A deeply poetic, well-made and insightful glimpse into the mind of Nick Cave.
"All the continuing, never-ending drip-feed of erotic dayglow came together at that one big crash bang of being lost to her" - Nick Cave
At least to my humble knowledge Nick Caves 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH is single handedly the slyest faux documentary on an artists persona ever made. It coyly mixes truth, mirth and performances as Cave morosely digs up aspects of his career via various clever means like talking head ghosts in his car, semi serious psychoanalysis, visits to collaborators homes, band rehearsals and the Nick Cave memorial museum!.
Due to his prolific nature I'm not Caves most hardened fan, he can easily release a few lps that slip me by then I stumble over a solo or…
Love Nick Cave, love that this documentary never attempts to make you feel sympathy, or really anything, except that Nick Cave is a cool dude.
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…