Thom Geier
September 26, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/31/06
director
Jeff Feuerzeig
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Jeff Feuerzeig
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Daniel Johnston, a self-described ”manic-depressive with grand illusions,” has won an unlikely cult following: Wilco and Pearl Jam have covered his hauntingly melodic songs; galleries worldwide show his drawings. The fascinating doc The Devil and Daniel Johnston tracks Johnston from his very Christian upbringing to music gigs in mid-’80s Austin to mental hospitals and beyond, exploring the delicate line between creativity and insanity.

EXTRAS Johnston’s boyhood Super-8 films; a poignant ’05 reunion with his muse, an unrequited love from college.

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