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Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers & Tides (2004)

Andy Goldsworthy , Thomas Riedelsheimer  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andy Goldsworthy
  • Directors: Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JL9N6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers & Tides" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Seven never-before-seen short films: Storm King Wall, Leaf Horn, Ice Arch, Garlic Leaf Line, Black Stone/Rain Shadow, Ice Cake, Colored Leaf Hole
  • Photo gallery
  • Andy Goldsworthy biography
  • Filmmaker biography

Editorial Reviews

Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides is a truly beautiful, Scottish-German 2001 documentary about artist Goldsworthy, a Scotsman whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water forever flows, rises, and/or retreats. The soft-spoken, secluded Goldsworthy is seen hard at work making ephemeral sculptures out of bits of ice in the trees, or building tall, mysterious cones from loose rock, which stand like spiritual sentinels in forests and on shorelines, overgrown by plants or swallowed daily by high tides. Filmmaker-cinematographer Thomas Reidelsheimer goes to great and sometimes inexplicable lengths to make visual corollaries to Goldsworthy's ideas about underappreciated relationships between light, color, movement, balance, and fluidity of form in the real world, making Rivers and Tides a lively and always surprising cinematic gallery. Some of Goldsworthy's most miraculous natural installations--stone walls that snake through hundreds of feet of forest and stream, for instance--show up in the last half-hour. --Tom Keogh

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Wildly praised by the nation's top critics, the smash theatrical hit RIVERS AND TIDES is a mesmerizing, poetic and curiously contemplative portrait of revered Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, whose long-winding rock walls, icicle assemblages and other intricate, druidic masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in the wild. Gorgeously shot and edited by director Thomas Riedelsheimer, RIVERS AND TIDES is an intoxicating study of the fragile relationship between man, art and nature.

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Process as a Form of Nourishment January 16, 2005
This serene portrait, of the art and philosophy of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, invites viewers to consider their current relationship to the evolving natural world around us. Mr. Goldsworthy has a deep need for communing with the natural landscape and seeks to rearrange rocks, ice, wood, snow, leaves, vines, flowers, moss, straw and clay in order to "touch the heart of the place". Indeed, the birth of a particular sculpture is often part of an active natural process that is taking place at each location: "The very thing that brings the work to life, is the thing that will have a hand in its death or dissolution".

Andy Goldsworthy's works generally have the quality of being ephemeral and are primarily created within remote natural settings. Therefore the artist's own efforts to document the short life of each work, through photography, have historically been the way that these works come to be seen by the public in a gallery or museum setting. With "Rivers and Tides", director Thomas Riedelsheimer assumes this task of visual documentation. The subtitle of the documentary, "Working With Time", explores how the effects of the rising and falling of the ocean's tides, the flow of water in rivers and streams, plant growth through the seasons and even the movement of farm animals, all influence and interact with the artist's work. The documentary medium of video now makes this fascinating study of time possible.

A wide range of Andy Goldsworthy's completed works are filmed, many being created specifically for this program. The work was made throughout a number of different cycles of the seasons and in at least four major locations: Nova Scotia, Canada; Penpont, Scotland; Storm King, New York and Digne, France. The ninety-minute documentary presents Mr.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful portrait of an amazing artist November 11, 2004
For those who are not familiar with Andy Goldsworthy's work, he creates sculptures from nature, using rocks and tree branches and grass and anything else around the location he has chosen. He has decided specifically to create scultpures that will only stand temporarily, as he searches for a better understanding of life, death, and the passage of time. This film does a fantastic job of exploring the creative process and amazing things that can happen when an artist continues to experiment and look for new opportunities. Through this discovery, Goldsworthy passes on to us his philosophy and unique perspective on the world. It is truly a visually beautiful film and worth watching on that merit alone. For those of us who are artists, it is a must-see, both to learn and identify with someone who has a beautiful understanding of the world.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound and moving December 2, 2004
I became enamoured of Andy Goldsworthy the first time I saw his book "Collaborations with Nature" -- here is an artist who works with nature, seeing possibilities in colors and compositions that, instead of reinventing what nature created, instead simply rearranges it in a way that deepens and enhances our understanding of the world, and of ourselves.

I had heard about "Rivers and Tides" and waited a long time to see it at a local art theater... and found that the man himself is as calm, as philosophical, and as elegant as the work he creates. In a peaceful and graceful documentary, allowing us the time we need to really absorb the beauty of his creations, Thomas Riedelsheimer has filmed his process and his thoughts as respectfully as the completed work. The soundtrack is exquisite and perfect as well.

Since buying the DVD just a week ago, I have watched it four times. Seeing him at the edge of the low tide in a cold grey sea patiently stacking rock upon rock, speaking in his quiet voice about the process of connecting with the stone, and then watching as the finished piece stands strong and solid against the incoming tide that devours it inch by inch -- wondering what the sea will do with this gift -- and then at the first blush of dawn, watching the tide ease out again, revealing the monolith, intact and serene -- this is magic at its purest.

Andy Goldsworthy is not like any other artist I have encountered. He is a simple man, living in a village in Scotland, who sees the connection between trees and earth, between sheep and the fields they graze, and between water in all its forms and the surfaces it moves across. He shows us how to see new possibilities, and how to have the patience to work with what we find. He shares his process with us in an intimate way, and I feel blessed to have this glimpse into this place where man dances with nature. It is simple, it is complex, it is profound, and it moves me and inspires me each time I watch it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review for RIVERS & TIDES September 20, 2004
Not only is it beautiful and moving, it's wonderfully hypnotic. Andy Goldsworthy and the Director Thomas Riedelsheimer take you on a incredibly memorable journey and help reconnect you to the beauty (and philosphy) of being at one with nature.

The DVD also contains over 40 minutes of equally stunning bonus materials that were not part of the original feature film and have never-been-seen-before.

This majestic film/DVD ranks as my #1 all-time favorite DVD. Get it! You will not be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the best way, form not following function... January 3, 2005
Andy Goldsworthy is well-known in certain art circles. Hopefully, he'll become better known because of this film. The biggest issue is the transient nature of his art, which is all based on transforming -- and often enhancing -- nature. His art intentionally has a temporary life, and this film captures its ephemeral and stunningly beautiful nature. Because of the work's nature, it can't be displayed in museums, and so this movie will have to suffice.

If you've had a bad day at the office, and have been told that you need to learn to meditate to unstress, this movie is for you. It draws you in to the relaxed pace of Goldsworthy's work, and after only a few minutes, you'll completely be able to forget everything else going on in your life and focus on the beauty of Goldsworthy's work.

Even if you're not an art lover, it's impossible not to be drawn into the beauty of this work. The photography is stunningly beautiful, and this film is structured in such a way that you enter the artist's mind and understand how he is able to create such beauty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistic Masterpiece
This is an inspirational and moving work of art. It took my breath away! I highly recommend watching this video. You will not be disappointed!
Published 15 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be amazed!
If you didn't know Andy Goldsworthy before, you will know him now. The film presents some of his ephemeral art that you can only capture on film. Loved it!
Published 22 days ago by William J. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Inspiring
Andy Goldsworthy has such a feel for beauty, composition, aesthetics, nature. He is unbelievable. This movie is a 1 & 1/2 hour meditation, listening to Andy and watching him work... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Goldsworthy, natural genius
Andy Godsworthy is a fascinating and articulate artist who incorporates his understanding and love of the natural world into unique constructions.
Published 2 months ago by Gingr Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, everyone should watch!
This is a must watch on Blue Ray. Its so deep and rhythmically patterned, definately changes your view of nature.
Published 2 months ago by Cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivers and Tides - excellent!
Excellent view into the mind and heart of an artist! Loved it! I's sharing with my brother who is an artist in his own right!
Published 2 months ago by eclectic reader
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be in awe
Andy Goldsworthy is an incredible artist with a beautiful mind. I see that other reviewers on here are "bored and don't see the substance" in this documentary but clearly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grant Cushing
4.0 out of 5 stars An artist's process -- beautiful and uplifting
I found this so very interesting. His art sits on the land so beautifully. The film shows a lovely selection of his work, and then follows him at the very start of a new... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon A. Leahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivers and Tides
Fascinating, beautiful, and oh so relaxing. An antidote to ever increasing consumerism and shopping obsession. Golds worthy makes gorgeous art with the outdoors as his canvas. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J short
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential supplement
Very good to have this film as a supplement to Andy Goldsworthy's books of photographs. It seems essential to a full appreciation of his art, as it showcases the process and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mortimer Wheeler
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