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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (2009)

David Hockney , Bruno Wollheim  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hockney
  • Directors: Bruno Wollheim
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BR8MDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


We keep coming back to this wonderful film, not just to enjoy now but for its lasting importance for future generations who want to understand Hockney's art. --BBC Radio

We keep coming back to this wonderful film, not just to enjoy now but for its lasting importance for future generations who want to understand Hockney's art. --BBC Radio

We keep coming back to this wonderful film, not just to enjoy now but for its lasting importance for future generations who want to understand Hockney's art. --BBC Radio

Product Description

Filmed over three years with unprecedented access, this documentary follows David Hockney as he returns to England after 25 years in Hollywood. As Hockney approaches the age of 70, he revitalizes his painting, capturing the beautiful Yorkshire countryside in all weathers and seasons, and finally creates the largest picture ever made outdoors. Premiered on BBC1, the film tells the story of an unusual homecoming and also an intimate portrait of what inspires Hockney as his time runs out.

Bonus Features includes:

- David Hockney Paints "Late November Tunnel, 2006"
- David Hockney Reflects on Art and Life
- Leading British Art Figures Assess "Bigger Trees near Warter"
- The Making of the Documentary

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a portrait of the artist June 29, 2010
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Loving feature length documentary about the great artist and his return to Yorkshire to paint landscapes, including his masterpiece "Bigger Trees Near Warter" (a permanent gift to the Royal Academy).

The film focuses mainly on the artist at work, but does acknowledge past accomplishments, as well as giving brief glimpses into his personal life. Interview footage is plentiful and quite illuminating. The DVD features more than an hour of bonus material (all well worth watching).

A Bigger Picture is a truly fascinating, thoroughly engrossing look at the creative process and one of the most prominent painters of the past half century.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best artist videos March 4, 2011
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This video documenting David Hockney's return to Yorkshire as a plein-aire painter is one of the best video documents of an artist at work. There is excellent footage of Hockney painting these large works on site in all weather. The video conveys the cumbersome frustrating caravan of the plein air enterprise as well as its salutary aspects, all filtered through Hockney's child-like energy (at age 70!) and keen intelligence. Hockney's fascinating comments on painting and the nature of the painted image separate from the photographic one carry this video into profound realms that are seldom touched upon elsewhere in videos, but of extreme relevance to anyone interested in the implications of the painted image today. The slight friction between the artist and his video petting-zoo documentarian provide an amusing subplot, that almost derails the film, but it is saved by the noble effort clearly demonstrated here of an old man in the landscape alone with his paint pots before nature's ravishing beauty. The extras-- almost a full hour of additional materials-- are satisfying and hyponotic. Who would have thought plein air painting could be a thrilling, extreme sport?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bigger Sensational Documentary on a Great Artist December 30, 2011
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This documentary is so, so good to watch, and watch again and again. Congratulations to all in involved. I projected it on my wall 24 feet from corner to corner - such a grand way to watch this, as a movie. If you've see this film you know why I mentioned this - so expansively brilliant. Thank you is all I can say to the film makers and bless you Mr. Hockney for again showing us the way, the direction forward. A quote from Mr. Hockney spoken near the end of the film, "I think Van Gogh said he lost the faith of his father but he found another in the infinity of Nature. I think it's there, If you get into it." I think it is also in David Hockney's artwork, and how inspirational that what comes in the final years of a life spent painting is his best work. Thank you again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this video is vastly superior to the book November 17, 2012
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this video shows the artist developing the paintings right in front of the actual landscape and demonstrates his astonishing skill and draughtsmanship as he captures the scenes with truly amazing skill. This series of paintings are absolutely stunning and compare very favourably with the landscapes of Van Gogh. The interviews are not as good. However the book that sells for $85 is certainly not a fair representation of his work and I am glad I borrowed it from the library first before ordering it. My advice is buy the video and forget the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Delightful January 6, 2011
I avoid the use of the word, `delightful,' in order to preserve the credibility of its use when used. Bruno Wollheim's David Hockney: A Bigger Picture deserves the word. Typical of most of the arts-related documentaries I'm viewing and reviewing, I am unfamiliar with the artist. So this documentary is, for me, an introduction and a first impression. Of necessity I've taken a brief side-trip to just to get my bearings.

Born in England, in 1937, Hockney is a prolific, multi-talented, mega-successful artist. Wollheim's film follows Hockney over a three-year period--roughly 2006-2009. Some footage is from Hockney's southern California haunts, but most of it takes place in his native Yorkshire where he has returned to paint exteriors, the land.

Hockney expresses a distaste of capturing on film an artist at work, but he has requested Wollheim to follow and film him on this three-year odyssey, an external journey with a semi-mysterious inner analog. Hockney required Wollheim to be the sole crew member. This is not their first time together. Wollheim produced and directed David Hockney: Double Portrait in 2003.

As we follow Hockney at work and at rest, he speaks freely about his life, his art, and his philosophy. His words ring of well-earned wisdom. This particular journey is outside, in nature. Hockney is painting his childhood countryside through the seasons, in all weathers. "I must admit," he confesses, "I've learned an enormous amount in the last year, looking at nature and trying to represent it." This, this openness and humility at the far end of his life is Part 1 of the aforementioned `delight' in this film. Part 2 is simple: Hockney's paintings and Wollheim's cinematography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at Hockney looking April 27, 2012
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It's always uplifting to see painter David Hockney at work and talking about it. Bruno Wollheim made two documentaries about him in a very straightforward way. It's clear to the viewer that it's just Wollheim with his camera trying to capture what Hockney does - but without placing himself between us and the artist. Wollheim doesn't say: look at me making a film, he says: look at Hockney making his paintings from life. In other words: look at Hockney looking at landscapes (or people). Wollheim followed Hockney closely and thanks to his work we can watch along with him. If you like A Bigger Picture, you might also want to see 'David Hockney: Double Portrait' by the same director. I very much enjoyed both.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I didn't expect to see David Hockney so wonderfully engaged and relaxed on film. Having recently seen the show at San Francisco's Deyoung Museum, this glimpse into his life in... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Julie P. Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Painting to the Fore
Loved this video. The new paintings by Hockney show his great skill with the brush. Refreshing compared to so many artist that just want to shock and be gimmicky.
Published 20 days ago by Abou Lydia
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
I had not heard of David Hockeny at the time of my purchase but I did recognize some of his paintings as I viewed the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by milroyjoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Anybody who paints needs to watch this.

The filming is very intimate and Hockney is very candid …and his work---so beautiful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable and Inspiring
For an explanation of Hockney's approach to painting and an up-close illustration of his style, brushwork, and ability to plan his entire process - from choice of location and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lawrence Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on his Art
This documentary is great because although there's a personal feeling to it, the focus is on Hockney's artwork. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Philip R. Stefens
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fascinating...
I've loved Hockney's work for so long. I really enjoyed this because it allowed me to see Hockney's process, prep, ideas, etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars great documentary on Hockney
The movie was very informative about David Hockney and his process of painting. I was impressed at how the filmmaker revealed how Hockney worked on his landscape paintings, as well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie K Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the big picture with Hockney
This film captures the latest phase in Hockney's painting life, or should I say the penultimate phase, as I am sure he is on to something else already. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Japanese Float
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is remarkable.
For those who are interested in watching a great painter at work, this DVD is a must. Seldom do we get the opportunity to follow the development of a painting in the cold bleak... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Pyett
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