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Joan Miro - Theatre Of Dreams (Portrait of an Artist) [VHS]

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision
  • VHS Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301262433
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Written and narrated by Roland Penrose, this hour-long program on the Spanish artist Joan Miró was produced in 1978 by the BBC. Penrose, who interviews Miró in the artist's studio (Miró speaks in French; there are English subtitles), was his friend for 42 years. Miró's work belongs to the surrealist school and was largely influenced by the horrors of war, including the Spanish Civil War. Born in Barcelona, he deeply felt the oppression of his native Catalonia, and during Franco's regime he had his passport taken away from him. His paintings often began with a mark or a stain, which then led him to paint a person, or a bird, or a star. Titles were chosen for the works afterwards.

In Theatre of Dreams, Miró, at the age of 85, works with Spanish actors to produce a piece of experimental theater. An extraordinary aspect of this documentary is watching Miró put paint from a tube directly on his index finger and then onto the canvas. He then sits in a rocking chair and looks carefully at his completed work. Because the artist worked in silence, this documentary has no music. This truly remarkable program does a commendable job at capturing the artist during his lifetime. --Anne Barclay Morgan

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Joan Miro: Theatre of Dreams profiles one of the major figures of 20th-century art. Friend of Picasso and Ernst, Miro was one of a few Surrealists whose work survived in the face of new trends. He is shown in this program at age 85, working in his studio and embarking on an entirely new venture--an original stage production with a Spanish theater group.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent September 16, 2005
By anjani
a very informative inteview with miro at his studio, the person that said

there is not translation is blind or got a different dvd, mine has english translation,

highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving This DVD To Young Artists/Fashion Designers October 4, 2008
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This is a sensitive delving into the works, and mind, of Joan Miro. He is captured by the camera exactly as one can imagine. He looks and sounds like the creative genius he is. He looks and sounds like a classic Catalan or Frenchman, like my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather: He speaks from a depth that seems genetic!

His world view grows from early days of starvation as an unknown artist, to the fame he received when Hemmingway bought his THE FARM. That set the fires going, and he created amazing creatures of art. He eventually is involved with theatre, set design, costuming, character (monsters) creation, and how he moves from the 2 dimensionality of painting to the 3 dimensionality of "on stage" and "creative consultant" is a model for any young artist, designer, or painter to view and be inspired.

I've bought many copies of this DVD for I believe it is important to share with young artists, fashion designers, and theatre and drama students.

I feel I have been taken by hand and walked from his poor youth to his dream of a BIG STUDIO coming to realization.

Most of the DVD is in his studio, a grand place, inhabited by his many friends!

It is like watching some foreign culture watching Lamas chant and open the universe to everyday viewing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars documentary with a live artist February 10, 2014
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Miro - Theatre of Dreams is an original documentary that interviews and talks with Joan himself. I personally favour many of the expressive artist documentaries that came out of the 1970s such as "Salvador Dali: A Soft Self Portrait" (with Orson Welles Narrating) and "The Challenge: A Tribute to Modern Art" (also Welles narration) (and both equally difficult to find).
Theatre of Dreams follows that same level of expressive presentation that suits an artist's sensibilities and imagination. The music choices may not suit everyone (just like the other two documentaries mentioned previous) and the questions and facts are not all encompassing of Miro, but the video is a great introduction and/or overall look at the essence of his character (even though it's of him at 85). If you are looking for an in-depth examination of his famous works or an extensive look at his catalog or life timeline, I recommend books versus DVD study.

The costumes Miro designed for the Claca are also prominently featured on here. A rare look at his moving art work.

The DVD has subtitles encoded but you must turn them on. I cannot speak for the VHS version, but I imagine that higher-end televisions with closed captions would equally display subtitles in the VHS version (a previous reviewer voiced frustration over the lack of subtitles on VHS - the review was from 2000).

The version on this DVD is unretouched and has a grainy look to it. I favour this look as it is strongly associative with the time period (1970s).
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money November 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I had high hopes for this video as most the Portrait of An Artist Series are quite good. However, nowhere on the video jacket, does it mention that most of it is in French or Spanish without English translation or subtitles. For the majority of audiences, wishing to learn more about Joan Miro, such as my Art of Spain students, it was not a good choice. We had just seen the A&E biography of Picasso which was so well done and were all very disappointed in this video. I have to admit that I stopped after one half hour.
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