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Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance, and an intimate portrait of an astonishing magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.

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  • Actors: Marina Abramovic
  • Directors: Matthew Akers
  • Producers: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087HDEGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2012
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This compelling documentary portrait of Marina Abramvic, whose life and work intertwine in ways even more fascinating than most would imagine, is in theaters now and will be out as DVD later this fall. It is more an event than a film and it most assuredly is one that should be seen by every art lover, contemporary artist, student and historian.

The extent and nature of Abramovic's output, her use of her own body as a canvas on and through which art is created, has caused a series of sensations from her 1970s work in her native Belgrade through her 2010 career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. That show, which included a sensational three-month performance viewed by an estimated 750,000 people, is the focus of this film. Director-cinematographer Matthew Akers, whose background is largely shooting television documentaries, has followed the artist to several countries over a 10-month period, shooting hundreds of hours of footage, interviewed the key people in her creative life and assembled archival footage of some of the projects that made her famous.

The film documents Abramovic's earlier works, which include slamming herself into a wall, mutilating and flagellating herself, even driving a van in a circle for 16 hours, shouting numbers through a megaphone. As critic Arthur Danto says, Abramovic's work "directly and boldly challenges an audience." The artist adds that now that the question "Why is this art?" isn't being asked anymore, she finds, "I am missing it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy O. Magnusen on February 16, 2013
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OK, so this is not a documentary for everyone and yet maybe if you watch it in full it might be. Open your heart.

I first saw it on cable and in the beginning I thought, "Oh gads what it this? This is weird. How can they call this art?"

I continued to watch it though and by the end tears flowed down my face as I understood.

I understood and accepted the women, the artist, and what she was trying to say. I also understood my own motivations in doing my own art. Marina Abramovic's dedication to what she was called to do, her art, her purpose, her work, are unmatched. She is transparent and yet elusive. What I mean by that is that she is not afraid to be seen, to be unopened and share pieces of her soul. And yet, who can ever truly understand another?

I watched the documentary on cable two more times, until it was no longer running and then knew I had to see it again, so I bought it. I watch and listen to it; feel it's presence; feel the her commitment and love for being an artist; as I do my own art. It is a companion to doing art in a way. I treasure this woman and all she has sacrificed in order to show me pieces of myself that I did not see before. Thank you Marina Abramovic.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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This amazing story of the life of Marina Abramvic and her work presents an entire portrait of her ideas, her thoughts, and her creativity. Very interesting from start to finish as her impressive contributions are discussed throughout. The Artist in her is brought to light as we indulge in her frame of mind. Enjoyable and Recommended to all art and memoir lovers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marnie McElhiney on June 11, 2013
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This film just goes to show you (me) that the "snap" judgements we (I) make about an artist come up far short of what the
artist is trying to say. I loved this film and I wound up loving Marina Abramovic. I was terrifically moved by her last performance
piece at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; how I wish I could have been there and maybe have a chance to sit with
her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Eckdall on February 23, 2013
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Great DVD for a wonderful explanation of her installations and performances. I never fully understood everything and now this helps me expand my definition of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Whitson on February 23, 2015
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She is an interesting person and it's an interesting film. I'm not an artist, so this is not coming from that perspective. More from someone that has been on a transformative and spiritual/love growth path for awhile. On one hand, Marina seems like a deep and spiritually aware person who wants to have a positive impact on others and larger society, but on the other hand she seems to have definite ego/insecurity and need for attention. When we have fully healed and transformed ourselves, then can we act as positive transformers of others because we can let that healing love flow freely and purely. I think Marina wants this, but she still has aspects of self that are blocking that.

She does have a powerful ability to open herself up to others, but how much is she merging with them and how much is she overpowering with her own (unusually) strong energy/psyche? She has this deep need for people to love her, but real and true love comes from within, from our connection to Source, to the Whole, and to love for the sake of love without need or desire of reciprocity. Her deep desire for others to return same, is her block, once she let's go of that, she will be the force for transformation that she desires to be, and she will learn that such transformation can be quiet without fanfare. To serve anonymously and without reward is where the real growth is, though at times it is necessary to be public even as the Teacher of teachers was. There is just too much attachment to the things and ways of the world here.

I appreciate her courage, her desire to push limits, to challenger herself and others, and she does all this well. But the artist needs to disappear, and pure love to take the place if she is to find her highest fulfillment and most universally positive impact on others. She has glimpses of that, and she gave glimpses of it, which is beautiful and important.
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