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Directed by Francois de Menil, written by art historian Barbara Rose, and with original musical score by Philip Glass, this newly redigitized film, first released in 1977, is an illuminating portrait of Mark di Suvero. One of the most important sculptors of the Twentieth Century, the artists is renowned for his formal orchestration and found industrial material. The film consists of biographical interviews and discussion with the artist about his relationship to tumultuous political moments in the United States, interlaced with shots of the installation and construction of his sculptural work.


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  • Actors: Mark di Suevero, Philip Glass
  • Directors: Francois de Menil
  • 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: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007549X34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD provides a good deal of insight into the remarkable work and life of the sculptor Mark di Suvero. It was filmed around 1975, and at a fairly early point in di Suvero's career. Since then, di Suvero has been prolific, and he received the National Medal of Arts in 2010. Films such as this one give a much better feeling for sculpture than still photographs, and the producers highlight nine of di Suvero's "monumental, but delicate" sculptures. The footage of di Suvero riding steel i-beams as they were moved into position during assembly of his sculpture is wonderful. Philip Glass composed distinct pieces of music for each of the nine featured sculptures. Like di Suvero, Glass has gone on to become something of a cultural icon. North Star is a recording of the score that was released separately, and appears to be well-appreciated by Glass' devotees. Finally, the interviews of di Suvero, his mother, and others convey something of di Suvero's intelligence, his passion for his art, and his strong political commitments. All in all, this is a superb documentary film.
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I was glad to finally be able to see this film having been familiar with the Philip Glass soundtrack for many years. Unfortunately I found the film informative but not particularly exciting and the music did little to enhance the experience. Worth seeing once for fans of Philip Glass and of Mark DiSuvero.
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