Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

SHARON, Conn. (AP) — Documentary pioneer Robert Drew has died in Connecticut at age 90.

His son Thatcher Drew confirms he died Wednesday morning at his home in Sharon.

In "Primary" and other movies, Drew mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors including D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles.

"Primary" was made in 1960 and is widely ranked among the most important political documentaries. In 1990 it was entered into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for historic works. It follows presidential candidates and fellow Democrats Sen. Hubert Humphrey and Sen. John F. Kennedy as they campaigned in Wisconsin.