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Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies (2008)

Chuck Close , Julian Schnabel , Arne Glimcher  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl
  • Directors: Arne Glimcher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthouse Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BYGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. With narration by Scorsese and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema's continuing influence on the art of our time.

DVD Features: Three Original Short films: Slippery Jim (1910), The Great Train Robbery (1903), Frankenstein (1910)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Having attended graduate school in film, I can imagine an entire class in one of the more theory based courses being devoted to the documentary "Picasso and Braque Go To The Movies." I can also see the film being used as a tool in a art history curriculum when discussing these masters. With lots of commentary from contemporary artists and historians, packed with samples of art and early cinema, and with an able hosting assist by no less that Martin Scorcese (who seems just to have wrapped The Departed)--the film is a veritable treasure trove for those interested in this topic. Either what I've said to this point excites you or frightens you. Let's be honest, this is an extremely specialized film that will mostly appeal to people with a preexisting knowledge of or interest in its limited scope. And undoubtedly, unless you're here by complete accident, since you are perusing this DVD--you might indeed be its intended target audience!

The film deals intimately with the rise of early cinema and how this new medium impacted both Picasso and Braque giving rise to cubism. Picasso, in particular, is painted as an avid film enthusiast and many of his pieces can directly be tied to short films of the era. Film changed the rules between fantasy, reality and what constituted art, and it is in this redefinition that cubism (which the film calls a revolution, not a movement) was born. Historians and theorists chart the significance in the evolution of cubism and the long ranging impact it has today in contemporary work. A number of well known modern artists contribute insight.

Again, if you have little interest in art or film history--this probably isn't for you. While the documentary, itself, only runs about an hour--the DVD presentation is strengthened by a single extra.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES (2008) was an extraordinary and soothing surprise for me. I had never seen nor heard of this excellent Sundance Film Channel offering until just now - I just came to my computer from watching it.

In brief, this is a documentary, presented by Martin Scorsese and directed by Arne Glimcher, that explains how Picasso, Braque, their Cubism and the movies all fed and bounced off one another. A brilliant way of looking back at history, and something I had never really noticed before. In the period from modern film's birth around 1894 until WWI around 1914, it did indeed seem that film and Cubism were expressions of one another.

This film also gave me a far better experience with Braque and Picasso than I have ever had. Somehow here their paintings look so much better, as if both men knew that one day most people would see their paintings in film. That sweet brown Cubism: it never looked so magnificent to me as it did here.

I was sad about a few things: more directors ought to have been consulted; the film could have been double the time and a more intense study; by midway, I'd had my fill of pretentious art/film historians spewing their typical b.s.; simultaneously I wish this had gone completely deeper instead of bouncing from one idea to the next to the next in a span of mere minutes.

Just because they are comparing Cubism and the earliest films does not mean the documentary itself has to flow like that! I was very affected upon seeing, for only the second time in my lifetime, clips of the films of stage magician Georges Méliès, whose short, phantasmagoric and hilarious films graced cinemas around 1910. It reminded me of the real link that exists between art itself and those primeval films: SILENCE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having attended graduate school in film, I can imagine an entire class in one of the more theory based courses being devoted to the documentary "Picasso and Braque Go To The Movies." I can also see the film being used as a tool in a art history curriculum when discussing these masters. With lots of commentary from contemporary artists and historians, packed with samples of art and early cinema, and with an able hosting assist by no less that Martin Scorcese (who seems just to have wrapped The Departed)--the film is a veritable treasure trove for those interested in this topic. Either what I've said to this point excites you or frightens you. Let's be honest, this is an extremely specialized film that will mostly appeal to people with a preexisting knowledge of or interest in its limited scope. And undoubtedly, unless you're here by complete accident, since you are perusing this DVD--you might indeed be its intended target audience!

The film deals intimately with the rise of early cinema and how this new medium impacted both Picasso and Braque giving rise to cubism. Picasso, in particular, is painted as an avid film enthusiast and many of his pieces can directly be tied to short films of the era. Film changed the rules between fantasy, reality and what constituted art, and it is in this redefinition that cubism (which the film calls a revolution, not a movement) was born. Historians and theorists chart the significance in the evolution of cubism and the long ranging impact it has today in contemporary work. A number of well known modern artists contribute insight.

Again, if you have little interest in art or film history--this probably isn't for you. While the documentary, itself, only runs about an hour--the DVD presentation is strengthened by a single extra.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fun, informative, so enjoyable with fresh information
Published 1 month ago by Roberta Babits Carasso
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you have money to burn?
This documentary is only 1 hour long. For the price, I think it is really expensive. It's very enlightening, and I recommend it for any student of art or film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Regmo
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Used to introduce middle school students to cubism. They were really uninterested, as was I. Typically I limenlyofrsms like this, but I've seen better.
Published 3 months ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
An entertaining and enlightening look at how the new medium of motion picture influenced two of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Read more
Published 11 months ago by PRD
5.0 out of 5 stars "A distribution of colored dirt on a flat surface." -Chuck Close,...
PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES (2008) was an extraordinary and soothing surprise for me. I had never seen nor heard of this excellent Sundance Film Channel offering until just... Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars School made me do it...
Did it for school. It was interesting, and no problems watching it on my computer. Pretty out of date, so the price was a little high, should be RedBox prices. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Balas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
For cubist and film fans, this short documentary was very enlightening. It will change the way you think of Picasso and Braque in the future.
Published 16 months ago by ibizaeyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Art History Intersects With Film Studies--A Terrific Educational...
Having attended graduate school in film, I can imagine an entire class in one of the more theory based courses being devoted to the documentary "Picasso and Braque Go To The... Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC
Loved the movie.Will make a huge difference in the history of Art. I just couldnt see what Picasso was getting at until it registered that there was motion. Terrific.
Published on October 17, 2012 by Taree
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting educative doco
I learnt much of cubism and art from this compact sixty minutes documentary of art greats.

Interesting and educative work for a general viewer.
Published on April 4, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
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