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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney's return from California to paint his native Yorkshire, outside, through the seasons and in all weathers. It tells the story of a homecoming and gives a revealing portrait of what inspires and motivates today's greatest living British-born artist.

DVD Bonus Features:
• Hockney at Work on Late November Tunnel
• Leading Art Figures on Bigger Trees Near Warter
• Hockney Reflects on Art and Life
• The Making of the Documentary

Review

"This film may well be the best anyone will ever make about Hockney's process." --The Times (London)

"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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  • Actors: David Hockney
  • Directors: Bruno Wollheim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BR8MDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Wikipedia.org 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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