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• Hockney at Work on Late November Tunnel
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"A wonderful film, not just to enjoy now but for its lasting importance for future generations who want to understand Hockney's art." --BBC Radio
"As gently hypnotic and fulfilling as one of Hockney's own works." --Time Out London
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This reminded me of how much i've enjoyed his work and brought me up to date. Waitng for the next installment. Well Done!Published 4 days ago by Bob
Very interesting look into the life of an artist who's work has spanned decades. How he uses or does not use the medium of photography, in that an artist can change his mind if it... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lucy M. Tyson
It was a good film about a great artist. But it was not what I expected. Then again, what is.Published 3 months ago by Tery Vara
Very interesting documentary about David Hockney. His jovial and philosophical personality shines through. The art work is majestic and amazing. I highly recommend this movie.Published 3 months ago by Mary Harding
Really enjoyed tis portrait of an artist as an older man. His englishness came through, including a bit of self-satisfaction. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peregrine Smith