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|PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES (director: Arne Glimcher; cinematographer: Petr Hlinomaz; editor: Sabine Krayenbühl; cast: Martin Scorsese (Narrator), Jennifer Wild, Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, Adam Gopnik, John Richardson, Lucas Samaras, Eric Fischl; Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Martin Scorsese/Robert Greenhut; Arthouse Films; 2008)|
those with a scholarly outlook towards film
or art it's worth checking out, while others
will probably not get much out of it."
by Dennis Schwartz
but adequately presented academic documentary
by art gallery notable dealer Arne
Glimcher ("The Mambo Kings") on the founders of
Cubism digging film in its infancy. Trouble is that
it's too much like attending a stuffy museum lecture
and being bored even if being informed, as a group of
talking heads ramble on endlessly and, to its credit,
the filmmaker mixes in the showing of a number Cubist
paintings and rare film clips of the early short
silents that include those of the Lumiere brothers and
the inventor magician Georges Melies. In a
meandering way it studies the effects of the
industrial revolution on the Cubist paintings of Pablo
Picasso and Georges Braque and compares their
art to the early development of films in primarily the
period starting in 1907, when Picasso was
introduced to Braque by the poet Apollinaire. The
study stops by 1914. We're told that both
painters loved film and and their radical paintings
along with the early films revolutionized the way the
world viewed art. For those with a scholarly outlook
towards film or art it's worth checking out, while
others will probably not get much out of it.
REVIEWED ON 2/16/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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