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Gauguin: Maker of Myth

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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) moved away from impressionism to create a new art driven less by observation than imagination. His gifts as an artist were matched by his talent for creating myths about places, cultures, and most of all, himself.

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: Carroll Moore
  • Producers: Susan M. Arensberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004M8M6O4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Waldemar Januszczak's "Gauguin: The Full Story" is, to date, the most lucid documentary film on Gauguin, although not quite the full story. Januszczak focuses primarily on the life of this great artist and, clearly, prefers the paintings from Tahiti. In Januszczak's own words: "There is always more to Gauguin than meets the eye." Indeed, both in his living and in his painting, Paul Gauguin was consistently restless, prefiguring likeminded artists such as Picasso (who Gauguin was a considerable influence upon). It is doubtful a single statement, in writing or in film, can encompass or have the final say on such a vast subject.

Carroll Moore's aptly titled "Gauguin; The Myth Maker" almost fills in Januszczak's gaps, if not quite. Moore wrote, produced and directed.Actor Willem Dafoe beautifully narrates. Moore has her finger on the pulse when she astutely writes: "A sailor in his teens, a stockbroker in his twenties, by the age of thirty-five he was a married father of four and collector of paintings. And then a plot twist: in 1882, seized by a desire to create rather than collect art, he cast it all away. Rejecting the fetters of bourgeoisie society, he began a search for artistic purity that would last for the rest of his life... restlessly scraping away the veneer of civilization to search for deeper truths and redefining the course of painting. And he died in poverty, only to be discovered by later generations"

Immediately, "The Maker of Myth" establishes a pronounced focus on Gauguin's spirituality through painting. This spirituality is the most startling aspect in discovering Gauguin and it's a focus that Januszczak largely ignores. Januszczak rightly focuses on Gauguin the rebel and self-proclaimed heretic. It is a predominant side to Gauguin.
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