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In this 2009 video Philippe Seclier retraces the road trips that Swiss photographer Robert Frank took across the U.S. in the mid-1950s as he was assembling his classic book The Americans. Along the way, Seclier manages to train his own lens out the same hotel room window from which Frank shot the roofs of Butte, Montana, and he tracks down a couple of people who, a half century earlier, appeared in some of Frank's iconic black-and-white images. Frank was faulted by some for presenting a foreigner's myopic view of Americans as rural, salt-of-the-earth types; whatever the merits of that argument may be, the people encountered by Seclier, a Frenchman, as he revisits the same towns seem as sturdy, modest, and dignified as the ones immortalized in the book. 62 min.

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