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Hopper's Silence


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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward Hopper
  • Directors: Brian O Doherty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008KZY0IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

One of the most recognizable works of American art, Edward Hopper s painting Nighthawks encapsulates the alienation and loneliness of the modern urban milieu. His haunting, enigmatic paintings are defined by a hard-edged realism and the presence of isolated figures alone in their thoughts. Director Brian O'Doherty, who knew Hopper and his wife, Jo, offers a rare documentary portrait of this aloof artist that is astute and revealing. O Doherty compares the paintings to the locations that inspired them to suggest the connection between style and subject. The film s subtle combination of observation and interview footage contains a surprising amount of insight and information. Offers interesting and pragmatic insights and avoids undue presumption or esoteric analysis (NY Times). An exquisite portrait of this quiet artist and his world (Getty Center).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Kriston on October 2, 2012
This 1981 documentary about the life and work of American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is appropriately titled, for its subject comes across as soft-spoken and incapable of saying more than is necessary, seeming to prefer that his paintings speak for him. During interview segments, Hopper often looks at the floor and chooses his words slowly and carefully, or just lets his wife handle the talking. Although there is some biographical information, the filmmaker seems first and foremost interested in the feelings that Hopper's paintings evoke. There is quite a lengthy portion of the film that consists of slow zooms of certain paintings of Hopper's accompanied by little more than the musings of a narrator who speaks of the artist's "desire to paint inside and outside at the same time" and "that silence that is half process and half paralysis." In a fairly brief amount of time, Brian O'Doherty grants the viewer insight into what fueled the creation of Edward Hopper's much-admired body of work. If you are intrigued by filmmaking being used to shed light on the creative process by providing window into an artist's mind, then you will likely enjoy Hopper's Silence a great deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Meyers on August 29, 2013
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I live in Hopper's childhood hometown of Nyack, NY. I visit the Hopper House frequently. A recent exhibit and lecture inspired me to want to see this old documentary again. I was happy to find it available here.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Stites on December 2, 2012
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Hopper was a man of few words. It is almost comical to watch the interviewer trying to get him to say something. Except for that it is dull dull dull, reminding us how bad TV was in its infancy.
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