DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD – Review by April Neale

Our culture does little to alleviate anxiety about the end of life, and this documentary succeeds in allowing us to lose some of the dread and delight along with Dick Johnson as his daughter, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, cooks up very dramatic, well-staged and crafted ways to end it all: Heart attacks, impalings, having an A/C unit fall on his head — all while Dick Johnson discusses the merits to each calamity and gives amusing post-mortems of every potential demise.

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