1981-1990DocumentaryExperimentalJoe GibbonsUSA

Joe Gibbons – Living in the World (1985)

An auto-documentary about a disenfranchised Everyman and his struggle to re-integrate himself into society. He fails and turns to crime.

Light Industry wrote:
“Former MIT professor ‘robs bank,’ films ‘heist,'” read a New York Post headline earlier this year. To the surprise of many who knew him, the man behind this double set of scare quotes was none other than filmmaker Joe Gibbons, long regarded as one of the masters of small-gauge cinema. According to this and other news reports, Gibbons had been caught robbing his second bank, armed only with a written note and a video camera.

Though little else is publicly known about the case at this point, even these few details resonate strongly with Gibbon’s body of work, leading some to speculate that this event may have been intended as part of a new Gibbons production. In more than thirty completed films made since the 1970s, the artist has played elaborate and brilliant games with his viewers’ sense of documentary reality, using autobiographical elements to build fictional tales, or, conversely, staging made-up scenarios in the midst of real-life settings. At the center of many of his films is “Joe,” a misanthropic narrator with tough luck, bone-dry wit, and dubious reliability, who seems to use his camera not so much to record the world as to process his own emotional states through a public medium. “I just can’t be that sincere,” Gibbons has said. “I really push things to extremes, but I try to maintain some sort of verisimilitude, so it might get taken for the truth.”

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