Film Review: ‘Peter von Bagh’
A perfect cinematic requiem for its eponymous subject, the legendary cinephile who died in 2014 at the age of 71.
by Alissa Simon
(Variety, July 8, 2016)
“Although modest in scale and production values, the engaging documentary “Peter von Bagh,” helmed by Tapio Piirainen, provides a perfect cinematic requiem for its eponymous subject, the legendary cinephile who died in 2014 at the age of 71. Von Bagh was the longtime artistic director of both theMidnight Sun Film Festival in his native Finland and the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna. The doc contextualizes and pays tribute to his many facets: film critic, magazine editor, teacher, curator, author (with more than 30 books to his credit) director and television and radio presenter. Already broadcast on Finnish TV, this inspiring portrait would be the ideal accompaniment to a season of von Bagh’s own documentaries.”