Born to Film and Two Fathers


Born to Film

Danny Lyon
Bleak Beauty Video

Born to Film, 1982, New York and Mexico, b&w, 33 minutes, a young boy emerges from the filmic history of his past.

“‘Born to Film’ is, among other things, intimately autobiographical, interspersing footage of Lyon’s own young son with film shot in the 1930’s by Lyon’s father, a doctor who immigrated from Germany. . . Lyon’s passionate vision has deepened and grown in resonance and the film is not just family or even social history, but about human continuity, the power of instinct to survive, the grace that love and play bring to it, the wonder of being alive.”
Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle

“. . . in his relationship with his father and son in Born To Film, Lyon serves as a connecting link, collaging together separate lives. The disparate, often incoherent or contradictory images are presented with a passion and directness which gives them reality. . . ”
Pamela Allara, Pictures from Films/Films from Pictures, 1984

Two Fathers

Danny Lyon
Bleak Beauty Video

Two Fathers, 2005, New York, 30 mins. The child star of Born to Film, Raphael is now a twenty-seven year old who returns to his father’s farm to plant corn and “experience fatherhood”.

Intercut as a film that takes place in the world of Germany in the 1920’s, and Queens, of the 1940’s, as Dr. Ernst Lyon’s remarkable album photographs bring to life worlds long gone. Time is collapsed. “Two Fathers” is a filmic meditation on life, age, family and death. Completed with support from the George Eastman House program for film preservation.


PURCHASE Born to Film/Two Fathers Boxed Set
Stream for 24 hrs $3.95 USD
Individual US $43.00 USD
Institution US $150.00 USD
Individual International $54.00 USD
Institutions International $160.00 USD
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