Regarding Susan Sontag

Question Why Films   |   USA

Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary and political icons of her generation. The feature-length documentary explores Sontag's life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. Regarding Susan Sontag is a creative portrait of the groundbreaking critic and icon that relies heavily on archival footage to tell Sontag's story, from the 1930s through her death in 2004. It features archival footage and stills from 130 archives around the world, used both traditionally (in talking head interviews) and creatively. Innovative uses of footage include projecting archival materials through water, onto surfaces and letters, and combining and layering them in artistic "collage" sequences. The film's reflexive use of archival footage adds depth to the storytelling, conveying a greater sense of the inner life of its central character.