THE AGE OF CZESLAW MILOSZ
Directed by Juozas Javaitis/2011
This handsome documentary commemorates the 100th birthday of Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Lithuanian poet who spanned his century. Famous cultural figures, friends, and family retrace the life and work of this extraordinary thinker, joined by Milosz's own words and a wealth of archival material. More than a well-researched biography, The Age of Czeslaw Milosz
is a lyrical reflection on a life spent in exile yet filled with humor, passion, and big ideas that often went against the spirit of the age.
ANT FARM VIDEO
An anthology of hilarious and poignant pieces of political video art, including the legendary "Media Burn" and "Cadillac Ranch". "Revolution with a laugh track" (Architectural Record)
ARTS AND MYTHS Volume 2
Directed by Philippe Truffault, Jean-Loic Portron & Ludovic Segarra, 2006
Arts and Myths Volume 2
the heart of the "first arts" to introduce us to more
major artistic pieces from Africa, Oceania, the
Americas, and Asia. In English, German, or French.
BALTHUS: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Directed by Damian Pettigrew, 1997
Award-winning director Damian Pettigrew
(Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
) offers this definitive
portrait of Balthus, a modern artist whose work
was nonetheless out of step with most modern
movements. His huge canvases with their thickly
applied paint feature dreamy adolescent girls in
enigmatic poses, resulting in an erotically
charged and oddly disorienting style. In French with optional English subtitles.
Directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, 1987/2004
Filmmaker and art critic Heinz Peter
Schwerfel offers a unique opportunity to examine
the outspoken painter Baselitz at two different points in
his life. In 1987, Schwerfel filmed the 50-year-old
artist on the occasion of his retrospective at the
Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. Baselitz talks candidly
about his youth, career, the lean years, and his
success; 17 years later, Schwerfel makes a new
film for a new Baselitz retrospective in which the
painter views the original film and the filmmaker
confronts him about his earlier statements. In German with English subtitles.
THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2005
Explore the mindset and artistic vision of iconoclastic filmmaker Heinz Emigholz, who is the
originator of "Architecture as Autobiography," a series of documentaries on unique or unusual architects
consisting of still images of the subject's buildings. The meticulousness of Emigholz’s style of filmmaking is
spotlighted in The Basis of Make-Up I-III
, a three-part DVD that showcases his illustrated notebooks
Directed by Camille Guichard, 1993
Sculptor Louise Bourgeois lifts the veil on
her life and work in this revealing portrait of a
modern artist. Focusing on themes of sexuality,
femininity, and isolation, her work has been
associated with all the major artistic movements
of the 20th century, but Bourgeois never let her
work get stalled by the tenets and dogma of any
one movement. In a career that spanned 50
years, she was always at the vanguard, moving
from painting to sculpture and finally to
performance art. In French, German, &
English with optional English subtitles.
THE CASE OF HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT
Directed by Mario Bernard & Pierre Trividic, 1998
Disgusted by life and uninterested in earthly subjects, Lovecraft intentionally avoided reality when writing, veering into the unknown and inspiring the fear that lurks in nightmares. This unorthodox documentary re-creates the atmosphere of claustrophobia, anxiety, and madness of Lovecraft's life and work.
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Directed by Romain Goupil, 2007
In Gustave Courbet
, French filmmaker
Romain Goupil gets at the heart of this legendary
artist and uncovers what drove him to pursue the
controversial style known as realism. Painting
with passion and purpose, he walked a decidedly
different path than other artists who chose the
academy style that was the standard for the day.
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Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2005
Heinz Emigholz, the premiere purveyor of architectural oddities (Sullivan's Bridges
, Goff in the Desert
), meticulously documents 15 rooms of the enormous Villa Cargnacco in Lombardy, Italy, designed by proto-fascist poet Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938). In German with English subtitles.
Directed by Danielle Schirman & Anna-Celia Kendall, 2006
The Bubble Club Sofa, BIC Cristal Pen, Akari Lamp, Hoover Vacuum Cleaner, DS19 (automobile), and iMac Computer embodied the two requirements of a great design-they were innovative products and they were aesthetically pleasing. They were also instant successes with the public, influencing future product lines. In French with English subtitles.
Directed by Danielle Schirman, Anna-Celia Kendall & Heinz
Peter Schwerfel, 2006
The Bookworm, Concorde, Conica
coffeemaker, Leica camera, Eames lounge chair, and
Vespa scooter not only reflect the era that produced
them but they also anticipated the future. Combining archival images and film
excerpts with music, this companion documentary to
our earlier release Design
, outlines the
social, political, and cultural climate in which each
item was invented. In French with English subtitles.
JAMES ELLROY: AMERICAN DOG
Directed by Clara and Robert Kuperberg, 2006
As the author of L.A. Confidential
, Black Dahlia
, My Dark Places
, and many others, Ellroy expanded the boundaries of hard-boiled fiction while tapping into the moody atmosphere of film noir. His fascination with the infamous Black Dahlia murder case shadows his rabid fixation on his mother's slaying, offering a candid portrait of a talented writer and an obsessed man.
GOFF IN THE DESERT
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2003
Apprenticed at age 12 but never formally educated as an architect, American architect Bruce Goff's work displays a unique style that sets it apart from most 20th-century architecture. The Episcopal Church in Tulsa built in the 1920s is a towering Art Deco icon, while the Hopewell Baptist Church in Edmond resembles a strange futuristic concrete teepee that challenges the surrounding landscape.
Directed by Jerry Blumenthal & Gordon Quinn, 2005
Scenes of Leon Golub at work are interwoven with archival footage, interviews with museum-goers and TV news as the film challenges us to question our connection to violence in the modern world and to reassess the relationship between art and society. Golub/Spero
also captures an historic artistic journey shared by Golub and prominent feminist and anti-war artist Nancy Spero, his wife and studio partner for over 50 years.
Directed by Brian O'Doherty, 1981
One of the most recognizable works of American art, Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks" encapsulates the alienation and loneliness of the modern urban milieu. His haunting, enigmatic paintings are defined by a hard-edged realism and the presence of isolated figures alone in their thoughts. In life, Hopper was notoriously taciturn and seldom gave interviews or appeared in public. Director Brian O'Doherty, who knew Hopper and his wife, Jo, offers a rare documentary portrait of this aloof artist that is astute and revealing. O'Doherty compares the paintings to the locations that inspired them to suggest the connection between style and subject.
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2008
One of the pioneers of the European Modernism in architecture, Adolf Loos turned against building
ornamentation, triggering a controversy in architectural theory. His development of a “spatial plan”
launched a new approach to thinking about building spaces. His houses, furniture, facades, and
monuments were constructed between 1899 and 1931 and represent a refreshing approach to modern
A LOUVRE TREASURE: AWAKENING APOLLO
Directed by Jérôme Prieur, 2004
Over time, water damage had ruined parts of the vaulted ceiling and years of grime had dulled the magnificent paintings of the Apollo Gallery in the Louvre. In 2002, a team of 60 specialists, architects, conservationists, and carpenters embarked on a monumental three-year restoration, which returned the gallery to its former splendor. In French with English subtitles.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan
Directed by Karen Severns & Koichi Mori, 2004
Frank Lloyd Wright, the greatest architect of the 20th century, was deeply indebted to Japan for its aesthetic inspiration. This is the story of how he repaid that debt.
Wright sought refuge in Japan when he faced public condemnation at home. There, he forged several relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes and to mentor a new generation of architects.
MAGRITTE: DAY AND NIGHT
Directed by Henri de Gerlache, 2009
As mystifying and peculiar as his work, Rene Magritte painted in a style that was at once real and
surreal, witty and disturbing. His enigmatic nature and amazing career deserve more than a routine
documentary, and director Henri de Gerlache is up to the task. In this informative but unusual film, Charlie
Dupont plays an actor hired to portray Magritte. He researches the artist's life and career, hoping to
uncover his personality and unlock the meaning to his paintings. As the actor digs into Magritte's life story,
we learn the highs and lows of the painter's career. The dramatic narrative is intercut with comments and
interviews with art historians and experts, including photographer Duane Michals. A clever interpretation of
one of the 20th century’s most recognizable painters.
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2001
In this captivating and informative
documentary, award-winning filmmaker Heinz
Emigholz continues his exploration of
"architecture as autobiography" by examining the
work of legendary bridge-builder Robert Maillart,
who revolutionized concrete-based construction.
He utilized the structural strength of reinforced
concrete, establishing a structural form based on
both flat and curved concrete slabs reinforced
with steel. In doing so, he brought out the
expressive potential of concrete.
THE MIRROR OF THE SOUL:
The Forough Farrokhzad Trilogy
Directed by Nasser Saffarian, 2000-2004
Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's most celebrated contemporary poet became a legend in her own time for her innovative and controversial poetry. In this extensive, three-part documentary, Farrokhzad's life, work, and very soul are laid bare so the world can discover this remarkable artist. In Farsi with English subtitles.
MONSTER IN THE FOREST: THE STORY OF
Directed by Louise Faure and Anne Julien, 2005
In 1969, sculptor Jean Tinguely began an amazing artistic adventure with his wife, artist Niki de Saint Phalle. With help from a group of their artist friends, the pair started construction on the Cyclop in a park on the outskirts of Paris -- a monumental sculpture made of twisted metal, mirrors, stairways, footbridges, fountains, and a gigantic eye in the middle of the "forehead." Inside, an installation of noisy gears, unique gadgets, and riotous machines. In French with English subtitles.
MR. BING & L'ART NOUVEAU
Directed by Francoise Levie, 2004
An extraordinary individual, Siegfried Bing was the inspiration and force behind the art movement known as art nouveau
promoting artists as diverse and talented as Munch and Toulouse-Lautrec.
BRUCE NAUMAN: MAKE ME THINK
Directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, 1997
Visit the challenging world of Bruce
Nauman, a multi-faceted artist who believes that
the importance of a work of art is in the process
of making it. With this philosophy at the core of
his work, he became a major player in the
conceptual art movements of the 20th century.
A POET ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE:
A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg
Directed by Gyula Gazdag, 1996
A day in the life of Allen Ginsberg spent with Hungarian writer, poet, and translator Istvan Eorsi, and a small camera crew in the streets of New York. Sharing thoughtful discussions with the famed American Beat poet, Eorsi himself was known for his sarcastic, often abrasive style and passionately held political views on revisionist Marxism and the 1956 Hungarian revolution, for which he was subsequently jailed.
ROBINSON IN SPACE
Directed by Patrick Keiller, 1997
Architect-turned-filmmaker Patrick Keiller expands and inventively redefines the documentary format in this unique "travelogue" of England. A bit of witty and droll humor is introduced through the commentary of the offscreen narrator (veteran actor Paul Scofield).
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Directed by Francois Levy-Kuentz, 2010
135 years ago, painters such as Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Degas created a
sensation—a bona fide French scandal—at the painting salons because they dared to paint color, form,
and light differently. They dared to see
Considered rebels, rascals, and radicals, the Impressionists questioned the standard practices of
painting, challenged the Academy’s authority over those practices, criticized the tastes of galleries and
salons, and revolutionized how and what to paint. This documentary offers insight into the artistic world's
mistrust of the Impressionists and chronicles the movement's 30-year struggle for legitimacy.
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2007
Heinz Emigholz, the premier purveyor of
architectural oddities (D'Annunzio's Cave
; Goff in
), offers a stunning portrait of urban
Los Angeles through the houses of Austrian-
American architect Rudolph Schindler. Using no
voiceover, historical photos, or other conventions
of standard documentaries, the film presents
beautifully composed shots of 40 of Schindler's
houses in the order in which they were built.
Directed by Harun Farocki, 1997
In this powerful meditation on art and perception, still-life paintings of the Dutch masters are
compared with their contemporary equivalents -- advertisements for beer, cheese, and watches. Farocki
then goes behind the scenes of a modern advertizing office to show ad execs toiling to create their version
of a "still life." Yet, the comparison does not yield what the viewer might expect. In his commentary,
Farocki, who earned money to finance the work by taking on commercial photo shoots, acknowledges the
need for artistic compromise while de-mythologizing the creative process.
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 2001
During the twilight of his career, legendary
Chicago architect Louis Sullivancalled the
"Father of Modernism"constructed the eight
banks that are showcased in this unique
documentary. Collectively referred to as
Sullivan's Jewel Boxes, these banks are located
in ordinary small towns across America's
heartland. All appear solid, like cathedrals of
capitalism, yet they are also discreetly ornate,
which makes them stand out among their flat,
Directed by Andrei Zagdansky, 2002
Vasiliy Sitnikov is a man without a passport, officially declared insane and having spent his life in and out of mental institutions. Yet, he is the
key figure of the non-conformist art movement in the former Soviet Union. In English, Russian and German with English subtitles.
WHAT ABOUT STYLE?
Alex Katz: A Painter's Painter
Directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, 2003
For over 50 years, painter Alex Katz has
bucked the trends and fashions of modern art to
present his own style of figure painting. His flat,
elegant, and realistic style makes him a pioneer
in figure painting but an unsung hero to the
general public. What About Style?
unflinching portrait of a maverick artist.
WHO WAS KAFKA?
Directed by Richard Dindo, 2005
Who Was Kafka?
explores this and much about the secretive and legendary literary figure who, according to director Richard Dindo, "wrote perhaps the most beautiful letters in the history of literature." Using actors to play the people who knew Kafka the best, the film features "interviews" with historical figures who respond using the actual words they wrote about their unique relationships with the writer. In French, English, or German, with English or French subtitles.
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