The L Word

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2005 on Showtime



  • Allusions

    • Jenny: (about Mark's documentary project) Or is this gonna be like... you know - or the Maysles Brothers?
      Mark: ... meets D.A. Pennebaker, with a little bit of Nick Broomfield thrown in there.

      The Maysles Brothers, David and Albert, were documentary film makers, best know for their documentary Grey Gardens (1975) about the cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, both named Edith Bouvier Beale, who lived in almost total isolation from the rest of the civilization.

      D.A. Pennebaker is another well-known documentary director whose distinctive style features a hand-held camera (what Mark is also doing) and the avoidance of voice-over narration and direct interviews (in which Mark does not follow the Pennebaker style).

      Nick Broomfield, a British documentary filmmaker who uses only a minimalist crew, is known for his reflexive style of making documentaries so that the end results tell about the making of the film as much as about the subject itself (which again mimics Mark's style).

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