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Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present (2012)

Marina Abramovic , Matthew Akers  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Marina Abramovic
  • Directors: Matthew Akers
  • Producers: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087HDEGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'There are many Marinas' June 15, 2012
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "FASCINATING!" June 28, 2012
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...more than meets the eye! 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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive documentary of her and her work. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great opportunity to see Abramovic's work May 27, 2013
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I loved this documentary, showing the evolution of artist Marina Abramovic throughout time and space and the impact of her art performance in the general public!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning DVD May 13, 2013
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I saw her during her performance at MoMA, and wanted this DVD to learn more about the whole project. It is a beautifully made documentary - I am guessing that anyone who watches this will be moved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly emotional documentary November 6, 2012
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Fascinating, unexpectedly deeply moving portrait of Marina Abromovic, who is sometimes called 'the grandmother of
performance art" and her hugely successful retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art'.

While her past history is never less then tremendously engrossing, the most powerful moments of the film are those
showing her new work, unveiled for the retrospective called 'The Artist is Present'. For 3 months, Ms. Abromovic simply
sat in a chair all day, taking no breaks, looking into the eyes of any museum guest who sat down opposite her. No
talk, and very little movement.

Yet these encounters are tremendously powerful, often moving both participants to tears (and some of us watching the film
as well). This is 'art' taken to it's most simple, naked level. Connection between two strangers, each coming away different
for the encounter.

While all this may sound dry and theoretic, the pure honest emotion and presence the 63 year old artist brings to her Herculean task make
watching the film anything but.

Meanwhile, the extras on the film allow you to learn a little more about the artist and her working methods.

Very much worth seeing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!!!
I watched this film in a college contemporary art history class... Wow opened my eyes to how moving performance art can be. A must see... You'll fall in love with Marina too!
Published 7 days ago by Shalynn I. Smalley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. I've seen the dvd many times - had ...
Fascinating. I've seen the dvd many times - had to own it. thank you
Published 24 days ago by J. Spoons
5.0 out of 5 stars the artist IS present
Brilliant Doco for anyone interested in Performance Art
Published 27 days ago by Myrtle10
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring woman
This woman seems insane, but there is a method to her madness. You can experience this and her feelings in this changing documentary
Published 4 months ago by Renee Longon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary!
Marina is an amazing artist, and person. This documentary introduced me to performance art. A whole different form than what I'm used to.
Published 5 months ago by Lee Marrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
Very Pleased, Marina is an amazing artist & I recieved this video very, very quickly! It was in excellent condition.
Published 5 months ago by olivia winterbottom
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The most common question artist get is "how is this art?" The second most common question is "why?" Abramovic explains these questions and more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hops
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
A must-see for anyone interested in the arts. The film beautifully portrays the artist's unflinching conviction to her work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wesley Kashiwagi
5.0 out of 5 stars the artist is the art
Brilliant editing and directing. The artist is the art! When we sit before Marina, we are sitting in front of ourselves.
Published 8 months ago by John F. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
During the first 1/2 hour I thought that she came across as a narcissistic primadonna wrapped up in the phoniness of the New York art scene. I almost turned it off. Read more
Published 9 months ago by wabbit
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