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Gerhard Richter Painting [Blu-ray] (2011)

Gerhard Richter , Norbert Arns , Corinna Belz  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter, Konstanze Ell
  • Directors: Corinna Belz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008E0O4G4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SYNOPSIS: Gerhard Richter Painting is a thrilling document of legendary German artist Richter's creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvases, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz's portrait of an artist into a work of art itself. In German with English subtitles.

BONUS FEATURES: Gerhard Richter and Art Historian Benjamin HD Buchloh in Conversation (23 min.), Fragments of a Conversation: Curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist Meets Gerhard Richter (10 min.), Gerhard Richter Prepares for the Munich Exhibition ''Abstract Paintings'' (9 min.), Booklet: An Interview with Director Corinna Belz, Trailers

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars looking at the creative process, with limitations September 30, 2012
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Gerhard Richter Painting
this dvd is an attempt to explore the inner workings of the creative process of a great contemporary artist. what is highlighted in the inexpressible process of the artist's thinking and feeling as he works on his paintings until the "moment" of achievement is met. richter admits to not knowing from the get go what he is intending to achieve. his large size squeegees create transformations of the initial hand made painting, and the mechanical process offers him the opportunity for the painting to have a life of it's own. in watching this, the viewer is fascinated, puzzled, bored, and transfixed looking at an artist, but not quite seeing into his inner psyche. richter is often both self deprecating and humorous about the "unknowable" in mulling over the creative process. the film tends to be rather slow moving and at times lumbering, but it is none-the-less, a wonderful inside view of a great artist at work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He is one of the best abstract painters. February 23, 2013
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Great DVD. Painting with a giant squeegie has been obvious to most artists but surprising to many who have never silk screened.
I love his enormous range and this is just aspect of his long long career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Paint November 26, 2012
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An intimate visit with the artist in his studio. It was a joy to watch him engaged in his creative process, and to see his paintings unfold. He's very adept with both brush and squeegee. It was delicious to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well filmed and very inspiring September 13, 2013
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Just seeing how he manipulates his colors and respects the media makes me hungry to produce more work as an artist. Great production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerhard Richter - A Master September 5, 2013
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This art documentary was moving, inspiring and changed how I approach art. Also, Richter inspired me to be more creative, and go beyond the boundaries as I had always wanted to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Forewarned, Uncle Rudy's In The Closet. March 9, 2013
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Very interesting video documentary of the artist at work in his studio, and also sheds light on why the artist has lead an aesthetic double life, where everything is questioned and deemed unresolvable. He was born into Nazi Germany, grew up and was trained as a Social Realist in East Germany and fled to west for the artistic freedom it offered. It also explores Thomas Mann's 'never being able to return home' to his family in East Germany and the pain that created. His life's narrative doesn't make him a great artist, the work alone does that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abstract painters must see! January 30, 2014
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I am an abstract painter and a lover of German art and film - so this documentary was a PERFECT combination. I was constantly hitting rewind and pausing the movie and writing down the way he describes painting...
There are scenes where Gerhard is just painting and staring at the canvas and I'm not sure how interesting those segments will be for 'non artist types.' For me, I felt every though he was vocalizing. I 'know' those moments. It was exciting to have it captured so subtly.
I believe any abstract painter will surely enjoy this film. ! Perfect amount of studio time, conversations, history, gallery planning, art-busy-ness, personal technique, etc.I would watch again in a heartbeat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah yes... September 24, 2013
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If you have a love of abstract painters and their work, you will love this film. Watching him paint is a true gift. This is a wonderful experience, riveting watching him in his process. I bought it soon after I saw the film at the local university.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars You might have to be an artist to like it.
I enjoyed this very much. It's comforting to know that great painters go through the same mental/emotional ups and downs as the rest of us. Read more
Published 9 days ago by ielegend
5.0 out of 5 stars on time and as expected
on time and as expected
Published 1 month ago by V. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a beautiful publication, with excellent reproductions of Richter's works and a comprehensive text.
Published 2 months ago by Edward Reis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerhard Richter Painting (Blu-ray)
I love this because it starts with Gerhard Richter being interviewed about his Art. It speaks to me directly since German is my mother tongue. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rita Malsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Wow...to be inside of an artists studio and see how they do their work. Subtitled but does go into English here and there.
Published 2 months ago by Seattle Amazoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I wish it was in English because I hate to have to take my eyes away from watching Gerhard do his thing. There is nothing more satisfying than watching any artist at work.
Published 2 months ago by Denise Havlan
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD not availeble for European DVD players!!!
DVD code is only for American DVD players

We can only play the DVD on the PC.
Please, you have to announce such important information. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anneleen Pruvoost
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, audible and in hd
very impressive seeing a well established modern artist at work in his studio and at exhibitions. Educational for all aspiring artists that plan to be successful.
Published 6 months ago by kerry escayg
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but boring
It's interesting to see how this artist paints but that is it the movie is very boring and I moved it along. I also forgot it's on netflix otherwise I would not have rented it.
Published 8 months ago by Hilgeebaby!
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
Such a revelation to see an artist work, physically, emotionally, conceptually, to create his emerging vision. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Berent
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