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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000HDRB2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the key ideas that underpinned the Romantic Age was the notion of the sublime, and no Romantic painter captured the sublime more effectively than the German landscapist Caspar David Friedrich. A deeply pious, somber man, Friedrich hardly ever left his homeland, and his genius did not reveal itself until his thirties. But when it did, the result was landscape painting like nothing ever seen before. Rich in symbolism, Friedrich's landscapes capture the spiritual power of nature.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on December 12, 2007
Format: DVD
In school, I liked history and English classes more than science and math ones. I'm more excited to learn about the Incas themselves than to see Machu Picchu. The paintings in pyramids fascinate me more than pyramids. In short, people inspire me much more than things. So, I prefer figure painting over landscapes. Thus, this work on a landscape artist didn't draw me in like those who focus on people. Still, Friedrich did have small human images in his work. This documentary never says if he was inspired by Eastern art, but he did live decades before the Japanist craze of the late 1800s.

There are so many names of French, Dutch, or Italian painters that I could rattle off, but this is one of the first times that I've seen a work on a German painter. He did try to address issues of national identity in his oeuvre. However, he didn't do it in the scary way that the world would see in the mid-1900s.

Like Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, his brother died in front of him and at an early age. Like Kurt Cobain and Virginia Woolf, this work says Friedrich was depressed. Still, I am a bit surprised to hear psychological terms being used decades before Freud was to write and establish the field.

Some things don't add up here. The narrator speaks of a rainbow that Friedrich painted. However, the rainbow was monochrome, rather than multi-colored and it was gray, a color not even included in real rainbow. It practically looked like the St. Louis Arch. When the narrator speaks of Friedrich's painting of a shipwreck in the Arctic, the work shows stock footage of penguins. Hello! Penguins like in Antarctica, not to the North.
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