The Devil and Daniel Johnston 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… The Devil and Daniel Johnston 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…
DVD Review

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

IMAGINE ME AND YOU An unrequited love helped fuel manic-depressive Johnston's songwriting; his reunion with Laurie Allen (inset) is a bonus feature on the DVD…
IMAGINE ME AND YOU An unrequited love helped fuel manic-depressive Johnston's songwriting; his reunion with Laurie Allen (inset) is a bonus feature on the DVD of the Devil doc
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 19, 2006; DVD Release Date: Sep 19, 2006; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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.

Originally posted Sep 22, 2006 Published in issue #899 Sep 29, 2006 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners