Remembering Cinema Verite Pioneer Ricky Leacock

Host Scott Simon remembers documentary filmmaker Ricky Leacock, who died this week. Leacock helped create the genre known as cinema verite.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Richard Leacock died this week in Paris at the age of 89. He was the ringleader of a group of documentary filmmakers who took small cameras into their hands, and shot real life in natural light.

He worked on films that defined cinema verite, and inspired directors from Errol Morris to Martin Scorsese, included "Primary," which followed Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy during the 1960 Wisconsin primary. The shot of a young Jacqueline Kennedy knotting her white-gloved hands behind her back is all the more vivid in black and white. Maybe most notably, 1968's "Monterey Pop," where Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar.

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